This is day 5 of the A to Z Challenge.
Mattie Coleman married rather late in life, age 42, to Harry W. Escue, his second or possibly third wife (note to self: check those census records again). She was step-mother to his three adult children.
Even before Harry came along, Miss Mattie was her own woman earning a living as a teacher. In those days the requirements to become a teacher were to complete three years of high school and then to pass a state test in every subject. But Miss Mattie completed two years of college. Her starting salary was in the neighborhood of $18.50-$25.00 a month.