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 Elinore <I>Pruitt</I> Stewart

Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Birth
Whitebead, Garvin County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 8 Oct 1933 (aged 57)
Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Burntfork, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Memorial ID 25502725 · View Source
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Elinore Pruitt was born in White Bead Hill in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (now south-central Oklahoma) on June 3, 1876. She was the oldest of nine children born to Josephine Elizabeth Courtney Pruitt. Her father's first name is unknown.

Around 1902, Elinore married Harry Cramer Rupert, and they filed on a homestead in Indian Territory. She evidently did not live long on the homestead. By 1906 she was living in Oklahoma City. It is not clear if Harry Rupert died, or if the couple divorced. On February 10th 1906, Elinore gave birth to a daughter, Mary Jerrine. (Elinore's first husband (Rupert) was killed in a railroad accident. She moved to Denver, Colorado with her young daugther Jerrine, where she worked as a housekeeper and a laundress.)

In 1909, Henry Clyde Stewart decided he needed a housekeeper to help him on his Wyoming homestead. He put an ad in the Denver Post newspaper, which was answered by Elinore, and she arrived at Burntfork, Wyoming in March of 1909.

In May 1909, Elinore traveled to Green River, WY (the county seat) and filed a claim on 160 acres of land adjoining Clyde's homestead. On May 5, 1909, eight weeks after her arrival in Burntfork, Elinore and Clyde were married.

Elinore and Clyde had five children. James Wilber was born February 1, 1910, and died of erysipelas on December 27th of the same year. Elinore had lost another child in 1910; a premature daughter they named Helen. Henry Clyde Jr. was born July 25, 1911, Calvin Emery on July 22, 1912, and Robert Clinton on December 3, 1913.

Elinore died on October 8, 1933 at the hospital in Rock Springs, Wyoming, at the age of fifty-seven.

Elinore's life on the Wyoming homestead is chronicled in books of published letters that were written to various friends. Many of her letters were published in Atlantic Monthly magazine, starting in October 1913. The books Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914), and Letters on an Elk Hunt (1915), are brilliant accounts of life in the American West. The 1979 movie Heartland was based on Elinore's writings. Further information about Elinore and her life can be found in the wonderful book The Adventures of The Woman Homesteader The Life and Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart by Susanne K. George.


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Gravesite Details The sandstone slab that serves as a marker was once the front step of the homestead cabin. The hand cast bronze nameplates that mark her grave and that of other family members were added by her son, Clyde Jr.
  • Maintained by: Roberta Collins
  • Originally Created by: BrixtonWy
  • Added: 24 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25502725
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elinore Pruitt Stewart (3 Jun 1876–8 Oct 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25502725, citing Burntfork Cemetery, Burntfork, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Roberta Collins (contributor 47011062) .