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Father Kelley Month, Day 5

January 5, 2018

Father. . .& Mother Kelley. . .

Perhaps Oliver Hudson Kelley's biggest champion, his second wife, Temperance Baldwin Lane might also be the most ignored character in his story. Born in Boston two years before Oliver, Temperance was a school teacher in frontier Minnesota before marrying Kelley in 1852. It is possible Kelley began courting Temperance shortly after the death of his first wife, Lucy, as a prospective step-mother for his infant daughter. Temperance financially assisted her husband several times over the course of the next two decades. In July 1868 Kelly writes to Francis McDowell: "My wife has a block of twenty lots in a town in this state, which we got two years ago, intending to keep them as an investment for the children; but we must have funds to set this order ahead, and it will be a safe investment to make use of them, for a little while, at least. If you can raise any money by mortgaging these for eighteen months, you will have full power to do so. Do the best you can. Mrs. Kelley will not object, as she is beginning to have faith in our work."

 

 

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