Woman of the Century/Eudora Stone Bumstead
EUDORA STONE BUMSTEAD. BUMSTEAD, Mrs. Eudora Stone, poet, born in Bedford, Mich., 26th August, 1860. In her parents removed to Nebraska. Her earliest recollections are of the great West, with its prairie billows crested with pleasant homes, its balmy breezes and its sw eeping gales. Her parents were highly cultured, and gave her every possible assistance and encouragement. She began to w rite rhymes in her childhood, and when ten years old a poem from her pen was published in "Our Young Folks," then edited by J. T. Trowbridge. Receiving a good common-school education, she was for a time a succ essful school-teacher. In 1878-79 she was a student in the Nebraska State University. There she met William T. Bumstead, to whom she was married in 1880. One of their two children, a son. died in infancy, and the other, a daughter, brightens their pleasant home in. Ontario, Cal. Mrs. Bumstead is of Quaker descent, and is like the Friends in her quiet tastes and sincere manners. Except to a congenial few, she is almost as much a stranger in her own town as abroad. Remarkably well informed and having an analytic mind, she is a keen, though kindly, disputant, accepting nothing as proved w hich dexfs not stand the test of reason. She has had little time for writing and has used her pen mostly to please the child-readers of "St. Nicholas" and the "Youth's Companion," having been a special contributor to the latter for several years. She thoroughly enjoys her work and asks nothing of fame but to win for her a circle of loving little friends.