About the Book
Alda M. Figel-Sallier was an ordinary woman who lived an ordinary life, but that doesn’t mean her life was unimportant.
Known as “Curley” to her family for her curly hair, she wrote her life story of stream-of-consciousness reflections, which has been left unedited in this book with an introduction by her great-great granddaughter.
Sallier recalls growing up in rural Indiana in the 1870s and 1880s, becoming a railway man’s wife, and then a mother. Through her eyes, we’re shown flawed men and women, tiny triumphs and crushing losses, and what life was like for everyday people during a booming time in the United States of America.
I Curley is a detailed look at what life was like at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century as told through an account of a life well lived.
About the Author
Alda M. Figel-Sallier was born and raised in Leo, Indiana, in 1872. She was a homemaker for much of her life, but she was also a seamstress, mother, pianist, and a landlord. She never intended to write a great literary work with her autobiography, I Curley, but she wanted to put her life down on paper as she remembered it. Figel-Sallier died in Warren, Indiana, in 1960.
Gwendolyn Ash is the author’s great-great-granddaughter. She earned a degree from Indiana University in English and works in publishing. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana.