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Helen Drusilla Blackburn Hoover
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1910
Greenfield
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 30, 1984
Laramie
Albany County
Wyoming, USA

Author and naturalist. Helen Hoover was the author of seven books, including three children's books, and numerous articles on nature and the back-to-the-land movement. She graduated from the University of Ohio, where she studied chemistry. In 1936, she married Adrian Hoover, an artist. In 1954, due to Adrian's failing health and disillusioned with the hectic pace of life in Chicago, the Hoovers decided to leave their careers for a year in order to seek solitude and rest in a cabin in the north woods of Minnesota. After a year, faced with the decision of returning to Chicago or staying in the North Woods, they decided to remain in Minnesota. There, they lived for the next sixteen years without electricity, telephone or a car. Mrs. Hoover wrote about their experiences in a series of books, "The Gift of the Deer," "The Long-Shadowed Forest," "A Place in the Woods," and "The Years of the Forest." The books were a record of their life in the big woods without modern conveniences, as well as stories about their daily interaction with the creatures that lived in the forest around them. Adrian Hoover provided pen and ink illustrations for the books. In 1970, she and her husband decided to return to the urban life. They retired to Laramie, Wyoming where they lived until her death in 1984. 
 
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  Adrian E. Hoover (1909 - 1986)
 
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Created by: Robert Patterson
Record added: Jan 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64353276
Helen Drusilla <i>Blackburn</i> Hoover
Added by: Robert Patterson
 
Helen Drusilla <i>Blackburn</i> Hoover
Added by: Robert Patterson
 
 
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Thank you Helen for your enormous contribution to conservation and educating others on the importance of preserving our great and beautiful land. Also, from the bottom of my heart, thank for helping me find the courage to do what I have longed for years t...(Read more)
- Stacy Paruch
 Added: Jun. 3, 2014
Thanking you for your insights in your wonderful books, and also remembering Peter the Deer and his family.
- carolyn beckwith
 Added: May. 30, 2014

- Linda Dolloff-Busch
 Added: Mar. 12, 2013
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