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This house is named after the book The Checkered Years, which is a completion of the diaries of Mary Dodge Woodward, who lived in this house between 1882 and 1889 with her children. The house sat on a Bonanza farm near the Mapleton Township that Woodward son Walter had been employed to run by their relative Daniel Dodge. Woodward filled five books keeping a daily diary of the life of her family on the farm. Woodward died in 1890 and her diaries were compilated by her granddaughter, Mary Boynton Cowdrey to be printed as The Checkered Years in 1937. The diaries offer a glimpse of the everyday life of women in the west and the unique challenges they faced.

Question: How many children did Mary Dodge Woodward have?

Answer: Three (Two sons and one daughter)

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