The Recluse Ida Mayfield Wood
Today’s episode is a look at pure survival and what lengths a lady might go to make it in 19th century America. Ida Mayfield Wood came from obscurity, determined to pull herself up out of a life of poverty and create a new path for her and her family. So maybe it was on the back of another woman’s husband, but Ida had a plan. If it wasn’t for that pesky financial crisis otherwise known as The Great Depression, she would have carried on completely unnoticed. However, spooked by the prospects of loosing all she had worked/lied for, Ida became known as the Recluse of Herald Square. Subscribe today and follow along as we explore some of the lesser known stories of Complicated Women of History.
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