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Hi, cath61! You made this comment on my profile page: "Hi! I came across your name while looking up Rachel Hinkle Shoemaker who just happens to be in this book, along with the photo. I can't tell you how excited I was to find this! I am a historian in Tucson AZ and while doing research on a home was going through the library of the late owner. I came across a diary that had been left behind by the owners ex-husband. It was the diary of Jacob W. Shoemaker, who talks about his "loved one" whom he refers to as "Rachie" in Rachel Shoemaker. Unfortunately there was only one diary, which I am in the process of transcribing, and the last entry is the day before their marriage in 1867. He writes of being very ill at times throughout the diary, and he did pass away very young, at age 38, in 1880. If you have any information regarding any mention of her family, would you pass it on to me? I only know of one son, born in 1870, named Frank, who was the father to the man whose home the diary was found in. Thank you again for posting this! It's been a long process, still on going, and it's always encouraging to find out a little bit more." and "Sorry, didn't realize it didn't show the book I was talking was "A Woman of the Century by Francis E Willard". Sorry, I'm new here. Thanks again!"

Since you know that Rachel is included in my old book, I'm guessing that you have already seen her page. Just in case you have not, I scanned it and uploaded it as my profile picture, so you can grab it off of there if you need to. This book has been very interesting - reading about the lives of these women. My favorite author, Pansy, is included, which is why I bought the book.

So, I'm sorry, but I do not know anything else about your Rachel, other than one of her books I was able to track down through bookfinder: Delsartean Pantomimes With Recital and Musical Accompaniment: Designed for Home, School and Church Entertainments. Trying a url: . That book puts me in mind of one which I found interesting on eBay not too long ago, but not being in my budget at the moment, I added it to my catalog here, with the tag "wishlist": Chautauqua instructor of elocution and dramatic art. (That auction must have ended; could not find it again there.) My Pansy was a worker in the original New York Chautauqua; perhaps your Rachel was, too.

Good luck with your research. I hope to begin seeing some of her books (and yours about her!?) soon to be in your library here! (I keep a separate library (chautauqua.girls) where I am in (slow) process of entering as much as I can find out about Pansy.) I'm adding you to my 'interesting libraries' so I can look for those books to show up! Thank you for contacting me. I find such things fascinating!
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