Death of Estella Bachman Brokaw

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All readers of Henry George's "Standard" in the early nineties, knew of W. E. Brokaw, and his devoted work in "spreading the light" that had come to him; and few of them but knew also of Estella Bachman, whom he married in 1894, and who died on the 26th of last month in California—"escaped from her life-long hampered body," as Mr. Brokaw describes her passing away. She was the author of "The Soul of the World" (vol. xii, p. 909), a book in which she used the fiction form to explain and propagate economic theories which she and her husband had developed together. At one time, early in their married life, they edited and published at St. Louis the Single Tax Courier, an organ of the organized single tax movement, of which Mr. Brokaw was the official editor, and which has now come to be the Single Tax Review. This devoted woman, hampered through life by deafness and latterly by the progressive paralysis of which she died, gave herself freely and unreservedly to the service of her moral convictions. And she and her husband were one. Neither of them counted the cost, either to pocket or person, when things they believed in needed volunteers. It is not impertinent to say what all their friends well knew, that their whole married life was passed in poverty; nor is it out of place to add that this need not have been so, if they had selfishly preferred physical comfort to the promotion of their ideals.


  • “Death of Estella Bachman Brokaw,” Single Tax Review 10, no. 4 (July 1910): 28.