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Deep Valley SunNEWSLETTER OF THE BETSY-TACY SOCIETYTo promote and preserve Maud Hart Lovelace’s legacy and her work,encourage and support literacy and conserve historic landmarks in MankatoVOL. 3 ISSUE 3NOVEMBER 2007Maud Hart Lovelace chosen for MN150 ExhibitThe Betsy-Tacy Society is pleased to announceMankato born author, Maud Hart Lovelacewas selected to be included in the MinnesotaHistorical Society’s “MN150” Exhibit commemorating Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial in2008.The new exhibit, presented by Best Buy,opened October 13 at the Minnesota HistoryCenter in St. Paul and launches the 2008 celebration of 150 years of Minnesota statehoodby exploring changes – changes wrought bypowerful people and by ordinary citizens.The exhibit was created from more than 2,700 nominationsprovided by Minnesotan’s. A committee of Minnesota Historical Society staff, community members and subject expertsselected the final list of 150. Nominations included in theexhibit cover a wide range of categories, from sports events,to political figure and pop icons, to inventors and theirinventions, to lasting examples of cultural traditions.Lovelace is also featured in an accompanying book: “Minnesota 150: The People, Places and Things that Shape Our State” written by exhibitdeveloper Kate Roberts and published by the Minnesota Historical Society.More information is available online: www.mnhs.org/mn150.New BTS LogoThis issue unveils the newBetsy-Tacy Society logo. Itwas designed for us byBarbara Bjelland, a freelance artist and designer.Barbara creates originalpaintings, illustrations,portraits and commissioned artwork. She isalso available for print design (logos, businesscards, brochures, posters, invitations, birthannouncements, etc.), web design, and schoolvisits. Through her artwork, Barbara hopesto convey a sense of mystery and wonder atthe world around us. Barbara is married andlives in Saint Peter, and has two children whoshare her love of books. Samples of her artand design work can be viewed on line at:www.festaldesign.comInside This Issue:Membership NewsShop TalkVera NevilleLovelace MarkerVictorian ChristmasEarly Candlelight ReviewsEvent ScrapbookFundraisingThe Family of Thomas and Stella (Palmer) Hart, ca. 1899.Seated, L-R: Tom, Helen and Stella. Standing is Kathleen and Maud.2-435-6778-910insertA small image of this photo was printed in the May issue. It was requested that we print alarger version. Enjoy!Season’s Greetings!from theBetsy-Tacy Society

Deep Valley SunThe Betsy-Tacy SocietyEst. 1990P.O. Box 94Mankato, MN (c)3 organizationBoard of DirectorsPresident – Penny BanwartVice President – Joan BrownSecretary – Laurie PengraTreasurer – Barbara SchnoorBoard MembersSusan Brown, Lona Falenczykowski, Doug& Candy Laven, Kelly Reuter,Patti Sjulstad, Bryce StenzelDirector/Newsletter Editor: Julie SchraderNewsletter layout: Elyse AndersonWebsite: Michele BlakeShipping: Joan Nikolay, Kathryn Hanson &Norma ThomasAnnual Membership LevelsMembership with Email NewslettersRegular - E 15.00Patron - E 25.00Business – E 30.00Foreign - E 30.00Membership with Printed & Mailed NewslettersRegular - PPatron - PBusiness - PForeign - PLifetime MembershipLifetime - ELifetime - P 25.00 35.00 40.00 40.00 200.00 250.00Contact information:Mail:P.O. Box 94, Mankato, MN op:shopkeeper@betsy-tacysociety.orgShop Catalog:Shop our online catalog: www.betsy-tacysociety.org. PayPal available.For a catalog: send a self-addressed, stampedenvelope to P.O. Box 94, Mankato, MN56002-0094 and mark CATALOG on thefront of the envelope.Tacy’s House and Gift ShopOpen every Saturday afternoon from1:00 – 3:00 pm. Tacy’s House is located at332 Center Street in Mankato and Betsy’sHouse is at 333 Center Street.There is no admission during these hours.Special House Visits: Call 507-345-9777For special house visits, advance reservationsare requested two weeks in advance.Free for members. Adults: 3.00 Childrenages 5-16: 1.00 2007 Betsy-Tacy Society.All Rights Reserved.Reproduction of any material from this issueexpressly forbidden without permission.Lois Lenski/Vera Neville illustrations used with permission from HarperCollins.November 2007Welcome New MembersDonations 100Alexander, PatriciaBenforado, ElizabethBennett, SusanBernhard, KristinGebben, MaryGifford, DebbieHampson, EllaHuizing, JordanHuizing, Mary KayeKalman, ChristinaLang, EmilyMcAffee, Kristi JillLarsen, LindaLewandowski, LauraMadetzke, TrudyMott, NancyNewhouse, Joan LynnPolythress, DianeRose-Chavez, AggieSt. Martin, MicheleStevens, EmilySutherland, KateDean, Gail - In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayNezin, Suzanne - In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayDonations to 49AnonymousAllen, RitaBoberg, KarenBoggs, MaryBurns, InellaChuba, Julie - MortgageDay, KathleenDowning, NancyHocker, KayHuls, PatriciaHuntley, MaryJaye, IsabellaJefferson Elementray School PTOJohn Ireland Catholic SchoolJohnson, KarinKarotkin, MikkiKirschner, JoanKoenig, FranKolibaba, AnneLyzenga, MaryMartin, TraceyMarzahn, GladysMorrison, KathleenRouzer, LindaTugwell, PaulineTveite, CarolWaldron, KathleenWetzel, ChristieWilson, JenniferNew Lifetime MembersAmster-Burton, LaurieBarry, MariaCrepeau, CourtneyFox, SusanGrod, EllenHanson, MargieKozak, CarlaMartin, RachelPasachoff, EloiseSchmidt, LisaSherman, BetsyThomas, NormaDonations 50 - 99Alden, AngieAnonymousBaxter, KathleenChuba, JulieConingham, SaundraDempsey, StephanieEgan, ElisabethFahling, ConnieFreymuth, PatriciaGerhard, ChristineGrace Lutheran Church WomenGriffith, HelenKnowles, SallieLewis K. Kay – MortgageMacCulloch, SusanMerrill, TamaraMiller, JoyMoll, KarlaNicolassi, Maria ChamplinO’Neil, ColleenPrice, CindyTucker, KellyWatson, LindaWhiting, RhondaDonationsThe BTS gratefully acknowledgesdonations received from May 16,2007 through October 15, 2007,from the following:Gifts in Memoriam or HonorDonations to 49Arth, Joan - In Honor of LonaFalenczykowskiCanavan, Colleen Ann - In Memoryof Ella WillowsCanavan, Coleeen Ann - In Memoryof Jim HermansonDean, Naomi - In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayDon Walker Fan Club - In Memoryof Lloyd AlexanderHawley, Suzanne -In Honor ofMaud’s birthdayKozak, Carla - In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayKozak, Carla - In Memory of OlgaChamplinWeissman, Jessica In Honor ofMaud’s birthdayWright, Laura – In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayDonations 100 - 499Baxter, Kathleen – MortgageCoughlan CompaniesCurtis, Davita K.Fredell, JoanGeiger, JaniceGrossberg, Blythe – MortgageHoium, BetsyHoward, Carol Spencer – MortgageJohnson, JanineKing, LouiseParnell, June – MortgageRokos, Sue - MortgageRose, JennieSmith, StephanieDonations 50 - 99Canavan, Colleen Ann - In Memoryof Elsie Hollmichel KruseComfort, Jean - In Honor of Maud’sbirthdayFrost, Charles - In Memory of CoraLinder ThroJohnson, Karin - In Memory ofGisela JohnsonPaskal, Marti - In Tribute to Tacy Donations 500 - 1000Edwards, Bill & GinnyGM Contracting, Inc.In-Kind DonationsBjelland, BarbaraCroce, LeslieHilltop Garden CenterPaul’s Plumbing & HeatingVolunteersMay 2, 2007 – October 15, 2007Ron AffloterElyse AndersonJim BallardPenny BanwartTim BerryFaith BeiswangerSarah BeiswangerDenise Billington-JustBarbara BjellandMichele BlakeJohn BoubelBob BrownJoan BrownSusan BrownBeth ChristensenSara DavisLillian DolentzBarb DunkerLarry DunkerLona FalenczykowskiCarol GappaRachael HanelKathryn HansonEugenia HedlundCharlie HurdSusan HynesEmily HynesBob IhrigJudy JohnsonCarolyn KanyusikArn KindJackie KnutsonDoug & Candy LavenPolly MarshallJack MadsenJulia NephewJoan NikolayRebecca NovakLaurie PengraJulie PirronKelly ReuterPat RyanDonahue SarffMarilyn SarffMike SchmitzBarbara SchnoorDavid SchraderKen SchraderShelly SchulzNancy ShapiroAndrea ShawMolly SmithBryce StenzelGabriel StenzelMatthew StenzelMandy StenzelNorma ThomasArtifact & Archive Donations willbe reported in the next issue of theDeep Valley Sun

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Wish listWishes FulfilledDry Sink for Betsy’s houseCopy MachineLCD projectorAntique library tableArchival boxes & supplies for artifactsJoan Kossack - portable DVD playerMargot Dilmaghani - A new rug in the gift shop was donated by the family rug business of Margot Dilmaghani inNew York (www.dkwh.com). Margot, who loves children’sliterature, is a life-long music activist who records classical piano music to benefit organizations addressing worldcrises. You can see her efforts at www.celebration1.orgBurn the Mortgage FundraiserCarmen Melby - wool area rugHelp us reach our goal and pay off themortgage! We’ve come a long way andwith your help we can reduce ourmortgage. As of October 15th, theprincipal remaining is 26,768.88.By paying off the mortgage early, theSociety will save money spent on interest and eliminate a large monthlyexpense.Your gift will become a part of ourhistory. As a donor, your namewill be added to a special plaquehonoring those who helpedus pay off the mortgage. Thisplaque will be unveiled at amortgage-burning party andwill be on permanent displayat Betsy’s house.Shop TalkNow available in Tacy’s Gift Shop and in ouronline catalog: www.betsy-tacysociety.orgHarperCollins released Betsy-Tacy with a newcover and an audio CD narrated by SuttonFoster.Betsy-Tacy - 5.99Betsy-Tacy Audio CD - 17.95Hometime DVD Vol I – Episodes 1 and 2Hometime DVD Vol II - Episodes 3 and 4Donor LevelsYour choice of Vol I or Vol II HometimeDVD’s free with 50 donation. Both Volumesare free with a 75 donation.or 10 each.Silver 100 - 500Gold 500 - 999Platinum 1000 The Betsy-Tacy Society is a501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations aretax-deductible. Please mark“Burn the Mortgage Fundraiser” in the memo lineof your check.Maud’s Music of Deep Valley 16.95 Taking orders now for Christmas delivery.Maud’s Music of Deep Valley is a collection of songs taken from the Betsy-Tacybooks. Close your eyes and imagine the Hart family and friends singing aroundthe piano, rolling up the rugs and dancing in the parlor.This compilation of music from the turn of the century features Minnesota pianist Craig Timmerman and is produced by Cellar Sounds Studio of Mankato.Lyrics for the music will be included with the CD.Song titles include: Annie Laurie, Bedelia, Believe Me, If All Those EndearingYour Charms, Blue Bell, Hiawatha, I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now, I’d Loveto Live in Loveland with a Girl Like You, I’m Afraid to Come Home in theDark, In My Merry Oldsmobile, In the Good Old Summertime, Let Me CallYou Sweetheart, Meet Me To-Night in Dreamland, Merry Widow Waltz, Morning Cy, My Wild Irish Rose, Navajo, Oh Promise Me, School Days, The Moon Has His Eyes On You, and Peg O’ My Heart.

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Message from the New President.Greetings from your new President!It was a hot and humid summer in Deep Valley andwe were faced with a drought for much of the summer.Though the little perennial bed surrounding the porch atTacy’s house looked lovely in June, it’s looking a bit wearythese days. Along with the drought, the “Hill Street”neighborhood has been dirty and noisy, as Lewis Street(going up the “big hill”) has been under constructionsince early June. Finishing touches were finally put on thesidewalks and things are looking much better.It was a busy summer here in the valley for all involvedwith the Society. A well-attended annual meeting was heldon the shores of “Murmuring Lake” in June. Our publictelevision stations aired the third and fourth tapings ofthe Hometime restoration project at Betsy’s house. Drawings were completed and work begun on signs to be placedat each house. Our volunteer docents have been kept busyall summer as guests from across the country paid us avisit.Penny Banwart (new BTS president) presents Lona Falenczykowski (retiring BTS president)with flowers at the 2007 Annual Meeting.Please allow me to digress a bit and introduce myself. Myname is Penny Banwart and I succeeded Lona as presidentof the Betsy-Tacy Society in June. I became involved with theBetsy-Tacy Society five years ago, after retiring from teachingin our local school district. I have served as BTS treasurer andvice-president. It’s been an exciting and interesting five yearsand I look forward to the continued success of the Society.Message from the Retiring President Dear Friends,As always, it is a very exciting time for the Betsy-Tacy Society. We continue to work on the restorations with the helpof Hometime and our devoted volunteers. The Lewis Streetre-construction and sidewalk work is complete. We’ve addeda number of interesting artifacts to our collections, such asMaud’s prayerbooks, Christmas ornaments, and Thomas Hart’srazor. We’ve also obtained some of Maud Hart Lovelace’sunpublished recollections, which give us many insights into thelives of her family and friends, the Mankato community andthe world she lived in. There are also great details as to howour house at 333 Center Street appeared during the time theHart family lived there.If you are in the area, do stop by and see the progress we’remaking.Penny BanwartBTS Board PresidentThis is my last letter as BTS President, as I now leave that rolein Penny Banwart’s capable hands. I particularly want to thankJulie Schrader for all she has done and continues to do. I wantto extend a special thanks to Michele Franck Blake who hasbeen with the BTS since close to the beginning. She has stuckby us through thick and thin, the mush to my milk.I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many people through the loveof Maud. I am looking forward to the future of the Society, tomaintaining the wonderful friendships I have made throughoutthe years, and to the new friends I will meet in the future. I’mnot going away; I’m just going to reread.Stewart & Holmes was a bookstore on South Front Street that Maud andher friends visited on their annual Christmas shopping trip. It was mostlikely an inspiration for Cook’s Bookstore in the Betsy-Tacy books.Ad from the Mankato Free Press - Dec. 11, 1893Thank you for all your support.Sincerely,Lona Falenczykowski

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Vera Nevilleby Teresa GibsonVera Neville, the illustrator of the “high school” Betsy-Tacy books, was born Vera Maude Nevilleon April 2, 1904 in New York City. Her parents were Albert Havelock Neville and HannahSponenberg Neville, both natives of Ontario. Albert was a teacher and school principal inWindsor, Ontario before he changed careers and became a real estate investor. A son, AlbertJr., was born on October 2, 1911. The Neville children grew up in Interlaken, New Jersey, andenjoyed an affluent childhood and education. As a child, Vera studied art, piano, and horsemanship.It is unknown if Vera attended college. It was earlier reported at the Betsy-Tacy Convention inJuly, 2002 that Vera matriculated at Vassar, but that has since been proven incorrect. A biographical note in one of Vera’s later illustrated works states that she attended the Art StudentsLeague in New York City, a prestigious art school established in 1875, located at 215 West 57thStreet. During the 1920s, Vera moved to Greenwich Village and began her career as a fashion illustrator. It was here that Vera met her husband, William Bates Hamaker (1895-1963), also an artist, and they married in December, 1928.Not long after this, Vera began to write and illustrate children’s stories. Macmillan published her first book, The MeddlesomeMouse, in 1931. The book received good reviews from critics: “These unusual illustrations beautifully reproduced in soft greyand delicate shades of blue and yellow have grace and charm and a quaint humor.” (New York Times Book Review, November 1,1931, p. 24)Vera’s art distinguishes itself in several ways—graceful lines, motion, animation, life-like body poses, beauty of facial features,extraordinary detail, especially in clothing, and accurate depictions of nature. Her early children’s books focused on animals, andher depictions of squirrels, rabbits, mice, cats, and dogs, while realistic, also gave these creatures a mischievous liveliness.Vera continued to illustrate a variety of children’s books and magazine stories throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s. One ofher most notable works at this time was Lazy Liza Lizard, written by Marie Curtis Rains. The book about the naughty lizard isquite collectible today. Not long after this was published, Vera illustrated her first teenage novel, Highway Past Her Door, by MaryWolfe Thompson.During the 1940s, Vera and her husband lived in a studio apartment above a hardware store at 306 Bleecker St. in GreenwichVillage. (This building still exists). The 1940s proved to be a busy and prolific time for both Vera and her husband, as they eachillustrated several children’s books for Thomas Nelson & Sons. William Hamaker drew line illustrations for two juvenile historicalfiction books in 1940: Klondike Adventure by Len Morgan and A Boy of Salem by Mildred B. Flagg. (Note: Vera assisted in theillustrations for A Boy of Salem; Hamaker drew the cover art). Vera wrote and illustrated two original works for Thomas Nelsonat this time: Little Bo and Safety for Sandy. Little Bo is notable for its depictions of New York City, from the child’s eye view oflooming, leaning skyscrapers to the ethereal night time view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Vera dedicated this book to her mother andfather, and it is an example of her finest work.The fairytale-like Peter Painter books showcased her whimsy. Vera showed that she excelled at color art as well as line drawings inthe large board book version of “The Night Before Christmas.” Bright primary colors of reds, greens, and blues bring Santa Clausand his wide-eyed reindeer to imaginative life. Vera illustrated a teenage novel for Thomas Crowell, Hope Hacienda, in 1942,which emphasized her eye for detail and fashion.In 1945, Vera was chosen to illustrate Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace, the first of the Betsy-Tacy “high school books.”Crowell editor Elizabeth Riley, in her address to the 1997 Betsy-Tacy Convention, stated that Lois Lenski (the artist of the firstfour Betsy-Tacy books) was offered the opportunity to illustrate Heaven to Betsy, but turned the job down, as she preferred todraw pictures for younger children’s books. Elizabeth Riley, familiar with Vera Neville’s work on Hope Hacienda, approachedVera about collaborating with Maud Hart Lovelace on the high school books. It was an inspired choice to pair Vera’s art withMaud’s words, as Vera was able to bring the turn of the century teenagers to life. One criticism often launched at the Nevilleillustrations is that all of the characters look alike. It is true that while the facial characteristics of Neville’s girls are similar, shewas able to bring the characters to life through her ability to animate still drawings. The heading above chapter nine in Heaven tocontinued on page 6 . . . . .

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007. . . . . continued from page 5Betsy shows the girls’ wind blownhair and life-like movements ofthe horse-drawn carriage. Theheavily detailed frontispiece ofBetsy In Spite of Herself showsNeville’s knowledge of fashion,the automobile styling, the realistic movements of the animalsand nature. And Vera certainlyrecognized the importance ofcharacterization in her drawings.The heading above chapter 23 inBetsy In Spite of Herself showsNeville’s understanding of the close, tender friendship between Betsy andTacy.Around 1947-48, Vera and William Hamaker moved to Georgia. Family members have stated that Hamaker relocated in order to teach art ata university in Georgia. It was not the University of Georgia (Athens) asoriginally suggested. Research is still on-going to determine which college or university employed Hamaker during this time period. While shelived in Georgia, Vera illustrated two booklets for the State Departmentof Public Health to encourage dental visits for schoolchildren. Vera alsocontinued to illustrate the Betsy-Tacy books at a rate of one per year forCrowell, as well as picture books for other publishers, such as Muddy Pawsand A Lion for Patsy. In 1953, Vera had the opportunity to travel back intime with Betsy and Tacy as she drew the pictures for Winona’s Pony Cart,which takes place when the girls were about eight years old. Vera’s ten yearworking relationship with Maud Hart Lovelace came to an end in 1955with the publication of the last Betsy-Tacy novel, Betsy’s Wedding.Vera illustrated her last children’s book in 1956 (Pigtail Pioneer). Aboutthis time, she divorced her husband and moved to Roseville, Michigan tocare for her ailing father. Although she worked in her father’s real estatebusiness, Vera continued to pursue her love of art by painting portraits ofchildren. Vera Neville passed away in March, 1979, and was buried nearher parents in Troy, Michigan.In the NewsIn Newsweek magazine (May 21, 2007), author LauraLippman lists her 5 most important books:#5 The Betsy-Tacy novels by Maud Hart Lovelace, especially Betsy in Spite of Herself. She says “there are two kindsof women: those who know these books (including AnnaQuindlen and Bette Midler) and those who don’t.”Warwick’s was a bookstore on South FrontStreet that Maud and her friends visited on theirannual Christmas shopping trip. It was mostlikely an inspiration for Cook’s Bookstore in theBetsy-Tacy books.Ad from the Mankato Free Press - Dec. 18, 1908

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Lovelace Historic Plaque DedicatedThe Maud Hart Lovelace historic plaque has been installed anda dedication ceremony was held on September 29, 2007. Themarker is beautifully done and is a wonderful commemorationof Maud’s childhood home. The Betsy-Tacy Society acknowledges Bradford Smith and Sewah Studios in Marietta Ohio, LoisLenski Covey Foundation, City of Mankato Community Grant,Tom Severns and the Mankato Parks Department, and BryceStenzel for their contributions.Maud Hart Lovelace1892 – 1980Born in Mankato on April 25, 1892, Maud Palmer Hart lived in thishome at 333 Center Street until 1906. In 1897 Frances “Bick” Kenneymoved into the house across the street, at 332 Center Street, and thetwo girls became lifelong best friends. They grew up surrounded by beautiful green hillsides, and from atop the hill behind her house, Maud could look down on Mankato and see Front Street, Sibley Park, and,far away in the valley, the “silver ribbon” of the Minnesota River.From the time she could hold a pencil, Maud was writing diaries, poems, plays, and stories. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1910 and attended the University of Minnesota. She was the author ofmany published short stories, 6 adult novels and 18 children’s books. With the publication of Betsy-Tacyin 1940, she began the successful series known as the Betsy-Tacy books, which were based on the livesof Maud (Betsy) and her friend Bick (Tacy). The stories of her childhood in Mankato (the fictionalizedDeep Valley), small-town life, family traditions, and enduring friendships continue to capture the heartsof her fans.Maud married author and journalist Delos W. Lovelace in 1917, and they had one daughter, Merian.Maud died March 11, 1980, in California, and as she requested, she was returned to her belovedMankato and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.Written & researched by Julie Schrader, Betsy-Tacy SocietyTacy’s Victorian Christmas332 Center Street in MankatoSaturday, December 1st1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Costumed characters from the Betsy-Tacy books will greet you and at 1:30 pmwill feature a dramatic reading from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud HartLovelace.Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas as you enjoy hot apple cider and cookies, browse the gift shop & sign up for the door prize. Join us and begin your HolidaySeason in a style that transcends time!

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Early CandlelightBy Maud Hart LovelaceA Review by Joan Brownthe American wing of the Metropolitan Museum to selectfrom the displays of wallpaper, chairs, and other furnishings so that her descriptions of Jasper Page (Henry H.Sibley) would be accurate.Early Candlelight, published in September, 1929, wasone of Maud Hart Lovelace’s six historical novels. Mostreaders of the children’s series of Betsy-Tacy are probablyunfamiliar with her books of early Minnesota history andromance. Although this and other romances of Lovelaceare not as well-known as her Betsy-Tacy works, they revealan author who enjoyed narrating a good love story, as wellas an author whose thorough researching of early Minnesota history is clearly evident. Unfortunately, these novelsare little read today, but Early Candlelight gives a freshperspective of the lives of soldiers,voyageurs ,and the Sioux Indiansduring the mid-1800s at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. This novel receivedwarm reviews in the Mankato FreePress, the Minneapolis Tribuneand the New York Times. It speaksparticularly well of her writing thatthe New York Times review reflectsa keen appreciation of Lovelace’snovel.And interwoven with the historically account of life at theFort, Lovelace tells a charming love story, that of DeedeeDuguy, daughter of a French voyageur, who fell in lovewith a gentleman and an officer, Jasper Page, the fictionalized Henry Sibley, commander of Fort Snelling. Their differences of birth and station finallymelted away when Page realizedthe value of Deedee’s true love andloyalty.The New York Times review, written on September 8, 1929, gives awarm review of her novel, praisingLovelace’s characters as not being“two dimensional figures, but fullydeveloped entities.” The reviewcontinues, “The lyric beauty ofexpression and consummate skillin the recreation of a life longsince vanished, which distinguishthis novel, together with the quiethumor which seasons the narrative,make it a treat for all lover of theromantic.” High praise!!Lovelace’s scholarly attention tohistorical detail is referred to in theFree Press review: “Renville, wholived at Lac Qui Parle, lived likesome Arabian Prince.his horses,sheep, cattle had endless pasturage. Forty Sioux braves comprisedhis body guard. . (and) the Siouxbraves, naked and painted hadnever known a more fascinatingfigure than the voyageur.” This description of the SiouxIndians in a manner unknown to most readers, then andnow, as being one of friendly Indians guarding a whiteman, shows Lovelace’s departure from the usual accountof enmity between the Sioux and the white man, an account that gives a fresh appraisal of life at Fort Snelling inthe mid-1800s.Lovelace’s setting for the novel’sconclusion is at what is todaySibley Park in Mankato. “Whenthey (Jasper and Deedee) reached the mouth of the BlueEarth River, the valley was diminished to a sandy strip ofbeach. The bluffs were high and grassy, dotted with stately trees.the Blue Earth, a bright rapid stream at the pointwhere it enters into the St. Peter (Minnesota River).”How fitting that Lovelace brings her love story, EarlyCandlelight, to a close at Mankato, the village that grewto become a city on the Minnesota River, and many yearslater became Lovelace’s beloved “Deep Valley”, the homeof Betsy, Tacy, and Tib.Lovelace wrote, “To do the research for this novel, Delosand I moved into a St. Paul Hotel for the winter so that Icould spend my days at the Minnesota Historical Societyreading diaries and letters from the years 1800-1850.”Later they moved to New York where she spent hours at

Deep Valley SunNovember 2007Minnesota PioneersEARLY CANDLELIGHT, By Maud Hart Lovelace.322 pp. NEW YORK: The John Day Company. 2.50Like a fresh wind sweeping in from her own breezy prairies comes this romance of early Minnesota, delightfully told by oneof her native daughters. It is a colorful tale which Mrs. Lovelace has woven of those first settlers of the “land of the sky-tintedwater,” a story in which historic fact and picturesque fancy have been joined in a wholly charming union.In the opening years of the last century, the period of which the author writes, the Sioux still roamed freely along the banksof the Minnesota. But the young country to the east had already thrust a tentative outpost into the western wilderness.The white towers of Fort Snelling crowned the bluffs above the river where it emptied into the mightier Mississippi; a tinysettlement of one-room cabins, later to become the city of St. Paul, was within comfortable reach of its sheltering walls, andscattered roundabout were the frequent shacks of the traders who bartered for furs with the Indians.It was a crude community, but an energetic and happy one. The nearest settlement was a distance of several weeks traveldown the Mississippi. Mail and news filtered through from the civilized world at rare intervals of months. Necessarily selfsustaining in its wholehearted fervor into the task of clearing sites for its homes and raising large families.The story of “Early Candlelight” is the story of all of these; of the soldiers and officers and their ladies at the fort, of theblithe and carefree French-Canadian “voyageurs” and settlers who were the first colonists, and the dignified, blanketedbraves who made treaties of friendship with the “White Father.” But it is especially the story of the “devil DuGays” and ofDelia DuGay, daughter of pioneers, and Jasper Page, scion of Boston aristocrats.Old Denis DuGay and his invaluable fiddle were as sought after for the officer’s balls as for the humbler feasts of the settlers.And his three eldest, Narcisse, Hypolite and Amable, swashbuckling and gay-sashed were acclaimed the best “voyageurs” onthe river. But the brightest jewel in the DuGay crown was Delia, long-limbed and beautiful, with a frontier-bred courage andindependence, and a quick wit which made her the natural leader of the numerous DeGay progeny.It was Delia who patched up brotherly quarrels, who came to the rescue of wayward Narcisse, and to whom the family instinctively turned when a distant bureaucracy dispossessed them of the labor of years. And it was with Delia that the gallant,handsome Jasper Page, idol and benefactor of the settlement

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