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Miriam Coulter Pence—shown here in a family photo provided by her great-granddaughter Sylvia Duncan — traveled on horseback to tend to her ailing neighbors during the late 1800s in Indiana. Her life was the inspiration for Duncan’s first novel, “Hoosier Woman,” published in March.

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Steamboat resident gains insight into ancestor’s life through novel

Sylvia Duncan never met Miriam Coulter Pence. Pence, Duncan’s great-grandmother, belonged to an era long since past, and her life was preserved only in relics and family lore.


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