JOANE CROMWELL (1895-1969)
Catherine Strode, whose pseudonym is Joane Cromwell, was born November 22, 1895, to Dr. William Smith Strode and Julia Brown Strode. The birth took place in the small village of Bernadotte, Illinois, which is located near the county seat of Lewistown, Illinois.
Her grandparents were Thomas Strode and Catherine Smith Strode and Samuel Brown, Jr. and Julia Yarnell Brown.
She grew up in Lewistown, studying nature from her father, who was a noted naturalist and medical doctor.
At the early age of six, Catherine had shown an interest in sketching and drawing. She graduated from school at the age of sixteen and began her art studies at the Chicago Art I
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