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Author Andrews, Gregg.

Title Insane sisters, or, The price paid for challenging a company town / Gregg Andrews
Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1999
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 262 pages) : illustrations
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Pennsylvania Yankees in "Old Man Atlas's" courts -- Designing women: the lady and the hypnotist -- Marrying "down" for money: Mollie and Samuel Heinbach -- Samuel Heinbach's white horse -- Feemy's bloodcurdling threats? Or attorney Charles Rendlen's "mental hobgoblins"? -- A combined and confederated conspiracy: Mollie's sanity bargained away -- Probate judges and "old nuts": the politics of Euphemia B. Koller's insanity -- An unmarked grave and a buried community: insanity's outcomes and legacies
Summary "Insane Sisters is the extraordinary tale of two sisters, Mary Alice Heinbach and Euphemia B. Koller, and their seventeen-year property dispute against the nation's leading cement corporation - the Atlas Portland Cement Company."--Jacket
"In 1903, Atlas built a plant on the border of the small community of Ilasco, located just outside Hannibal - home of the infamous cave popularized in Mark Twain's most acclaimed novels. The rich and powerful Atlas quickly appointed itself as caretaker of Twain's heritage and sought to take control of Ilasco. However, its authority was challenged in 1910 when Heinbach inherited her husband's tract of land that formed much of the unincorporated town site. On grounds that Heinbach's husband had been in the advanced stages of alcoholism when she married him the year before, some of Ilasco's political leaders and others who had ties to Atlas challenged the will, charging Heinbach with undue influence."--Jacket
"To help fight against the local lawyers and politicians who wanted Atlas to own the land, Heinbach enlisted the help of her shrewd and combative sister, Euphemia Koller, by making her co-owner of the tract. In a complex case that went to the Missouri Supreme Court four times, the sisters fiercely sought to hang on to the tract. However, in 1921 the county probate court imposed a guardianship over Heinbach and a circuit judge ordered a sheriff's sale of the property. After Atlas purchased the tract, Koller waged a lonely battle to overturn the sale and expose the political conspiracies that had led to Ilasco's conversion into a company town
Her efforts ultimately resulted in her court-ordered confinement in 1927 to Missouri's State Hospital Number One for the Insane, where she remained until her death at age sixty-eight."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-252) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Heinbach, Mary Alice.
Koller, Euphemia B.
Heinbach, Mary Alice
Koller, Euphemia B
Heinbach, Mary Alice.
Koller, Euphemia B.
Insanity (Law) -- Missouri -- Ilasco -- History -- 20th century
Real property -- Missouri -- Ilasco -- History -- 20th century
Insanity (Law)
Real property.
Ilasco (Mo.) -- Biography
Ilasco (Mo.) -- History -- 20th century
Missouri -- Ilasco.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99029913
ISBN 0826222269
Other Titles Insane sisters
Price paid for challenging a company town