What we know
Lillian Cooper née McQuigg
1887 - 1916
Came with her family when her father Sandy sought work in the quarry after his claims failed. Married Troy Cooper and went out to the Dakotas to farm. Died after giving birth to her fourth stillborn baby.
Lillian listened, lion eyes
big on the widow’s doughy
breast that evidenced the murmurs
of all the little things Sven did—
The frost between them finally
ate more than the Mormon crickets2
and their table grew wider than the plain.
Jones-Eddy, Julie.Homesteading Women: an Oral History of Colorado:
1890-1950. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992.
Portal caption and links
Image of a short-handled harvesting sickle.