Listen: A Minnesota Century - Rhoda Emery
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To close out the millennium, Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered presents a look back at Minnesota life in 1900 via a 12-part series, entitled “A Minnesota Century.” This segment is the the story of Rhoda Emery, a young woman who thought she would never make it as a schoolteacher, but ended up dedicating 50 years to the profession.

At the end of the 19th century, one of the few occupations open to young women was teaching in one of the one-room schoolhouses that dotted the landscape of rural Minnesota. Alone on the prairie, and often away from their families for the first time, many teachers struggled to last through grueling months of loneliness, discouragement, exhaustion and the persistent problem of finding and keeping a teaching position.

This is the eighth of twelve reports.

Click links below for other reports in series:

part 1: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/01/25/a-minnesota-century-sugar-point

part 2: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/02/23/a-minnesota-century-predictions

part 3: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/03/29/a-minnesota-century-lincoln-fey

part 4: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/04/26/a-minnesota-century-the-road-to-bagley

part 5: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/05/31/a-minnesota-century-mining-the-north

part 6: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/06/21/a-minnesota-century-eva-mcdonald

part 7: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/07/26/a-minnesota-century-the-mayo-brothers

part 9: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/09/27/a-minnesota-century-maud-hart-lovelace

part 10: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/10/28/a-minnesota-century-the-story-of-cole-younger

part 11: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/11/29/a-minnesota-century-fredrick-lamar-mcghee-an-early-leader

part 12: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/12/27/a-minnesota-century-news-100-years-ago

Awarded:

2000 The Gracie Allen Award, Radio - Outstanding News Story/Series category

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