About the Author
Jeanie Scouller Arthur (1863-1914) was born in Scotland and emigrated to the United States with her family. They moved to Des Moines where Jeanie met and fell in love with Frank G. Arthur. Jeanie was intelligent, well-read, and worked as a teacher while waiting to marry Frank and begin their pioneering life in Dakota Territory. They had seven children then divorced, leaving Jeanie to care for the children and keep the family together. The letters in My Dear Frank show Jeanie's younger, pre-marital perspective on the world. They drip with her optimism, love and strength--the attributes she clearly thought would be enough to sustain the marriage until death.