The Tragic Life and Death of Emma Drake

“Deserted by Wife,” Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, 18 Feb 1815, p. 5, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 15 February 2017).

Growing up in Pickaway County, Ohio, it felt like it was all just farm and field.  The Circleville Pumpkin Show and the Ashville Fourth of July celebrations are about as exciting as it gets during the year and life is fairly quiet there, generally speaking. When I describe my hometown, the words I use are: quaint, charming, old fashioned and family friendly.  Sure, it’s a great place to raise kids or live out your golden years since there’s not a bunch of crime or the likes but as a young girl, all I could think about was getting out, finding excitement and leaving those corn fields behind.  Not that I’m full of wanderlust but I just knew there had to be “more” out there beyond those county lines.