Chopin, Kate O’Flaherty
- Gay Barton
Chopin, Kate O’Flaherty (08 February 1850–22 August 1904), novelist and short-story writer, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas O’Flaherty, a merchant, and Eliza Faris. Thomas was an Irish immigrant who became wealthy in the burgeoning Mississippi River trade. Eliza was, on her mother’s side, from a prominent St. Louis Creole family. Both parents were devout Catholics, and Kate received her schooling at the Sacred Heart Academy in St. Louis. After the death of Thomas O’Flaherty in 1855, Eliza never remarried, and Kate was raised in a multigenerational household of independent women....