Fifty Dollar Bride: Marie Rose Smith A Chronicle Of Metis Life In The 19th Century. Carpenter, Jock. Gorman & Gorman, Hanna, Alberta, Canada, 1988, First Edition, second printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 149 pages including 6 plates of black and white photographs, notes and Epilogue. Gray cloth boards; no titles. inscribed and dated by author on title page: To Glen, Warm Regards, July, 14, 1997. Both dustjacket and volume are in beautiful, unread condition.
Marie Rose Delorme Smith (1861-1960) was a woman of French-Metis ancestry who was born during the fur trade era and who spent her adult years as a pioneer rancher in the Pincher Creek district of southern Alberta. Sold by her mother at the age of sixteen to a robe and whiskey trader several years older than her, Marie Rose went on to raise seventeen children, establish a boarding house, take a homestead, serve as medicine woman and midwife, and to publish several articles in the early prairie ranch periodical, Canadian Cattlemen. Jock Carpenter is the granddaughter of Marie Rose Delorme Smith. 001042 $350