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Edmund Booth, Deaf Forty-Niner
Posted by: Wilma Spice (ID *****9879) Date: May 19, 2013 at 12:11:54
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The book by Harry G. Lang (EDMUND BOOTH: DEAF PIONEER: Gallaudet University Press, 2004) tells the Booth story: "Born in 1810, Edmund Booth epitomized virtually everything that characterized an American legend of the 19th century. He taught school in Hartford, CT, then went west to Anamosa, Iowa, where he built the area's first frame house. He left in 1849 to travel the Overland Trail on his way to join the California Gold Rush. After he returned to Iowa in 1854, he became the owner and editor of the ANAMOSA EUREKA, the local newspaper. Edmund Booth fit perfectly the mold of the ingenious pioneer of 19th-century America, except for one unusual difference -- he was deaf."

The Edmund and Mary Ann Walworth BOOTH House in Anamosa, Iowa, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register is part of the National Park Service. Go to the Web link below to access the NPS's official statement of acceptance of the Booth House for listing on the Register.

Once you get to that window, then click where it says:
Link to full file: <Booth, Edmund and Mary Ann Walworth, House>

That will take you to the full set of application papers. Once you get beyond the first few pages of the application, you will find the history of the house and of Edmund and Mary Ann, along with explanations as to why the Booths and the house are important, photographs, etc., etc.

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