Kate Chopin's Life By linsayjacyknebel Feb 8, 1850 Kate's Birthday Kate was born in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Thomas O'Flaherty and Eliza Faris O'Flaherty. Period: Feb 8, 1850 to Aug 22, 1904 Kate Choplin's Life Sep 1, 1855 Schooling At five and a half years old, she was sent to The Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic boarding school in St. Louis. Father killed in train accident. May 27, 1861 Confirmation She was confirmed in the Catholic Church by Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick. Jan 1, 1863 Deaths in the family Grandmother dies. Half-brother George dies of typhoid fever. May 20, 1868 Graduation She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. Oct 10, 1869 First Story She begins writting her first story, "Emancipation: A Life Fable" - a short story about freedom and restriction. Oct 4, 1870 Marries Oscar Chopin She marries Oscar Chopin. They honeymoon in Europe then move to New Orleans. Jul 17, 1882 Oscar Dies Oscar dies of malaria, leaving Kate with a heavy debt and six young boys. Feb 8, 1885 Kate's Mother Dies Jun 22, 1888 Writes "Euphrase" Mar 18, 1889 First Poem Publishes her first poem "If It Might Be" in America. Dec 16, 1891 Writes "Mrs. Mobry's Reason" and "A Shameful Affair" Kate writes "Mrs. Mobry's Reason" and "A Shameful Affair," which are published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat in 1893. She publishes more stories in Youth's Companion and Harper's Young People. Jan 2, 1894 Writes "A Respectable Woman" Nov 25, 1897 Writes The Awakening Apr 22, 1899 Publishes The Awakening The Awakening was published by Herbert S. Stone and Company on April 22, 1899. Jul 12, 1901 Writes and publishes "The Wood-Choppers" Sep 28, 1902 Publishes her last story "Polly" Aug 22, 1904 Kate's Death She dies from a cerebral hemorrhage after collapsing at the World's Fair two days before.