1850-1939
Rosa Hartwick Thorpe
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July 18, 1850, Mishawka, Indiana.

July 19, 1939.

Cremated; location of ashes unknown.

Daughter of a tailor, Thorpe moved her family moved to Kansas when she was ten yeas old, and later to Litchfield, Michigan. She is best remembered for her poem The Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight, which relates a story of England’s civil war, written in April 1867, when she was but 16 years old. She later married E. C. Thorpe, and spent much her life editing and writing other periodicals and poems.

In 1883, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, conferred an honorary Master of Arts degree on Thorpe, who was at the time was living in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Some years after their marriage, the Thorpes moved to San Antonio, Texas, in hopes of helping Mr. Thorpe’s tuberculosis. During her Texas sojourn, the indefatigable poetess penned Remember and Alamo and Texas Flowers. A few years later, the Thorpes moved to San Diego, California, where she was still living as of 1916.

Thorpe’s works include:

  1. Great White Throne, The
  2. Work for Jesus