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St. Cloud feminist editor spoke her mind about most things, including disliking Indians


The single mother had split from her husband on the river wharf in Pittsburgh, heading by boat to St. Paul with her 5-year-old daughter. From there, they would hop a stagecoach to St. Cloud, where her sister lived. The divorce would take awhile, but Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm was upbeat.

Never mind that single mothers venturing into the Minnesota frontier were unheard of in 1857 — a year before statehood.

“… I having, voluntarily, assumed the legal guilt of breaking my marriage contract, do cheerfully accept the legal penalty — a life of celibacy — bringing no charge against my husband, save that he was not much better than the average man.”


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