Eudora Stone Bumstead
"A woman of the century"
August 26, 1860
Bedford, Michigan, U.S.
|Resting place||Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, California|
|Notable works||"Signs of Spring"|
William T. Bumstead (m. 1880)
Along with several other young writers, including: C. A. Stephens, William S. Walsh, Robert M. Walsh, Helen Gray Cone, Eleanor C. Donnelly, Mary Sheldon Barnes, Theodora Robinson Jenness, F. ("Fern") Hamilton, and Edwin Roth Champlin ("Clarence Fairfield"), Bumstead got her start as a writer at Our Young Folks. She began writing rhymes in childhood, and when ten years old was paid US$2 for a poem entitled, "Signs of Spring", which was published in Our Young Folks, then edited by John Townsend Trowbridge.
Early years and education
Eudora Stone was born in Bedford, Michigan, August 26, 1860. When she was young, her parents removed to Nebraska. Her earliest recollections are of the great West, with its prairie billows crested with pleasant homes, its balmy breezes and its sweeping gales. Her parents were highly cultured, and gave her every possible assistance and encouragement. She began to write rhymes in her childhood, and when ten years old a poem she wrote was published in "Our Young Folks". She received a good public school education. In 1878-79, she was a student in the Nebraska State University.
She was for a time a successful school teacher. While attending Nebraska State University, she met William T. Bumstead, whom she married in 1880. She has had little time for writing but when she did write, it was mostly for the child-readers of St. Nicholas Magazine and The Youth's Companion, having been a special contributor to the latter for several years.
Bumstead was of Quaker descent, and is like the Friends in her quiet tastes and sincere manners. She had few friends. Remarkably well-informed and having an analytic mind, she was a keen, though kindly, disputant, accepting nothing as proved which did not stand the test of reason.
She died in 1892, and was buried at Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario.
Style and themes
Their only son, died at the age of two-and-a-half years, but Bumstead did not write of the sadness occasioned by his loss, believing that it is better to spread light and gladness than clouds and sadness.
- Hymn lyrics
- "The sun has gone from the shining skies"
- "Throw to the wind your doubt and fear"
- "Blow, wind, blow", 1888
- "Grievous complaint", 1890
- "In the swing", 1888
- "Kandikew", 1886
- "Little red hen", 1885
- "Mystic sign", 1888
- "Ollie's dreams", 1881
- "Problem in threes", 1889
- "Sad reason for tears", 1889
- "Summer lullaby", 1887
- "Year with dolly", 1892
- "Little pine-tree", 1889
- Quest, 1888
- Waiting for Santa Claus, 1889
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: C.L. Sherrill & Company (1888). Queries: Devoted to Literature, Art, Science, Education. 4, Issues 1-12 (Public domain ed.). C.L. Sherrill & Company.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Moulton, Charles Wells (1890). The Magazine of Poetry. 2 (Public domain ed.). Charles Wells Moulton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Scribner (1920). St. Nicholas. 1–45 (Public domain ed.). Scribner.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Willard, Frances Elizabeth; Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice (1893). A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life (Public domain ed.). Moulton.