As a young girl Maud was fascinated by Mary Pitcher’s Indian stories and mentions it often in the Betsy-Tacy books. The character of /Grandma Slade/ was based on Mary Warren Pitcher. Mary was the grandmother of Tom Fox, the character of Tom Slade. Mrs. Pitcher was one of Mankato’s first pioneer settlers. Her pioneer accounts are recorded in the Old Settlers books and were transcribed for this booklet. 13 pp.