STRAUB, Maria. b. DeKalb County, Indiana, 27 October 1838; d. Chicago, Illinois, 30 June 1897. She was the sixth of eight children. Her father, Joseph, was a farmer. She suffered from poor health as a young woman, but managed to acquire sufficient education to become a teacher in country schools. In 1873 she moved to Chicago, to the family of her younger brother Solomon (1842-1899), a hymn writer, musician and publisher of The Song Friend, A musical monthly (Chicago: S.W. Straub & Co).She helped with the administration and editorial work, and she and Solomon together produced many hymns. She was also active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and a contributor to many religious...
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