Carroll County Biographies


Grace Marie Bawden, the daughter of Collan Bawden and Anna Belle Kneale, was born February 17, 1873 (in Illinois, probably in Carroll County) and died July 22, 1940 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

She never married and is believed to have lived with her two brothers, Arthur Collan Bawden (who was a dentist in Mt. Carroll) and Steven Richard Bawden (who sold dental supplies) in their family home on North Clay Street in Mt. Carroll.

Grace was a painter who taught painting at Frances Shimer College in Mt. Carroll. Its unknown how long she taught there or if she also graduated from Frances Shimer. She probably started painting in the late 1880s and may have studied at the Art Institute in Chicago.

Contributed by Alice Horner
See "Historical Art" and "Then and Now" to see some of Grace's work.

This particular portrait/painting of who we believe to be Grace Bawden, is in the hands of one Mary Olden. The painter is unknown at this time. If anyone has any further information be sure and let us know.

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