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Clara Barrus. At Woodchuck Lodge. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-103953).


Barrus, Clara (08 August 1864–04 April 1931), physician and author, was born in Port Byron, New York, the daughter of John William Barrus, a traveling salesman, and Sarah Randall, a schoolteacher. She began her education at the Port Byron Academy, where three years before her graduation she decided to become a physician. She felt women physicians were scarce and were needed to “treat modest girls who refused treatment from a man” ( ...


Paine, Albert Bigelow (10 July 1861–09 April 1937), author and Mark Twain's literary executor, author and Mark Twain’s literary executor, was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the fifth child of Samuel Estabrook Paine, a Vermont storekeeper, and Mercy Coval Kirby. The Paine family soon moved to Xenia, Illinois, where Paine attended school and worked in the village store. At twenty he traveled to St. Louis and learned photography. For ten years he sold photographic supplies in Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1885 he married Wilhelmina Schultz. The sale of a story to ...