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Name: Rauch, Mabel Thompson

Historical Note:

Mabel Thompson Rauch was born in Carbondale, Ill., November 30, 1888 to Theodore Wilson and Lovina Rendleman Thompson.  The mile-square family farm where she was born is now a part of the campus of Southern Illinois University.

She attended SIU, then spent a year at the School of Music, Belmont College, studying voice.  On August 11, 1913, she married James Lee Rauch.

After raising her children, she began a successful career writing about her Southern Illinois heritage.  She contributed more than 250 short stories and articles to periodicals, and wrote 2 novels for children.

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