Georgia Roberts Durston (1868-1947) was an American author known for her wholesome children's books and nature poems, often published under male pseudonyms. She attended boarding school and married Alfred Tennyson Durston in 1890. After he died in 1909, she raised their daughter while writing prolifically. Durston stayed briefly in Wheeling to be with her daughter, Georgia D. Frankenberger, whose husband, Major Bertram Frankenberger, oversaw the Reserve Corps there. Inspired by the scenery and handsome gateways in front of many houses in the suburban sections of Wheeling, such as Kenwood, Hawthorne Court, Lenox, Highland Park, and Leatherwood, Georgia Roberts Durston wrote a poem titled "The City of Beautiful Gates." Though Durston spent just a year in Wheeling, the city left an impression on the celebrated children's author. She continued writing poems and books for young readers that were widely anthologized after her death.
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