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Stephanie Ann Vavra

Born: 1946 in Des Moines, IA
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: In 1969 I began my career as an elementary school teacher in Prophetstown, IL; I retired in 2002. I studied for my Master's Degree at the Quad-City Graduate Center, in Rock Island, and on the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb, until graduation in 1974. I lived 25 years in Prophetstown and moved to Morrison in 1994. I am a reenactor of the 1860's at Girl Scout events and Heritage Canyon in Fulton, portraying the school teacher; I held 'Pioneer Day Camp' there in the past.

Biography: I own and publish a dynamic and successful internet newspaper: '' Morrison Online. In 2011, I edited and published an 80-page commemorative book to highlight the history of General Electric in Morrison: ''General Electric Appliance Control Department, A Legacy Beyond 61 Years, June 1949 to September 2010''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

Stephanie Ann Vavra on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Who really saved Laura Ingalls :
ISBN: 0971278504 OCLC: 53120489

Quill Works, Morrison, Ill. : ©2001.

Discusses the possibility that children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder misnamed her Little House on the Prairie character, the noble, Osage Indian chief who persuaded his people to avoid a confrontation with settlers on Indian land in 1871. Provides insight on the early, imprecise blending of cultures and languages on the Kansas prairie which possibly combined to create a linguistic misnomer. This book offers dramatic, supporting material about the role and significance of dog soldiers to the Plains Indian warrior society.