Montgomery, Elizabeth Rider
- Tinky ‘‘Dakota’’ Weisblat
Montgomery, Elizabeth Rider (12 July 1902–19 February 1985), writer of books for young people, was born in Huaras, Peru, the daughter of Baptist missionaries Charles Quantrell Rider and Lula Tralle. She came to the United States at the age of a year and a half and grew up in Independence, Missouri, “a combination,” in her words, “of a tomboy and a bookworm.” She read widely as a child. When she was six her essay, “The Good and Bad Uses of the Apple,” won first prize in a contest sponsored by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Despite this and other contest victories, she never intended to become a writer, hoping to be an artist when she grew up....