Louise Morrell

This is the only image I’ve been able to find of Louise so far. It seems that she brought a philanthropist’s conscience with her to the Morrell family along with her dowry. Louise was Catholic in a world of Protestants, a champion of Native and African Americans in a world of white privilege, and a life-long supporter of her half sister Katherine who founded a holy order of nuns, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and was eventually canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint.

And so my curiosity takes me on a meandering journey from a society column notation of a horse show, to a Philadelphia lawyer, to his philanthropist wife. How might how all this find its way into a book about Bar Harbor? I’m not sure, but for now I’m having fun letting one avenue lead to the next.

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About Luann Yetter

Luann Yetter is the author of Bar Habor in the Roaring Twenties, Portland's Past and Remembering Franklin County, all published by the History Press. She is a writing instructor at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has had a life-long interest in social history beginning with a steady diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a little girl in the Midwest. She now lives in an 18th century house in a small town in Maine and loves to "time travel" when she writes.
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3 Responses to Louise Morrell

  1. Stephanie Morris, Ph.D., C.A. says:

    Louise Drexel Morrell was indeed a remarkable woman. She and her sister Mother Katharine Drexel corresponded extensively and worked together on many projects. Stephanie Morris, Director of Archives, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

  2. Luann Yetter says:

    Do you have their correspondence in your archives? I would love to see your collection some time!

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