Obituary - Knoxville Journal Express - July 13, 1938

Bessie Steen Died in California on Tuesday Morning: She Explored the Jungles of the Amazon Some Eight Years Ago. WROTE RED JUNGLE BOY

The Famous Knoxville Girl was a Graduate of Columbia University, New York 

Miss Bessie Steen, well-known in Knoxville, died Tuesday fornoon, July 12, at Loma Linda, Calif., death being due to heart trouble and kindred ailments. She was about 52 years old.

Elizabeth K. Steen was the daughter of Britt and Emma Steen. She graduated from the local high school with the class of 1905, and later attended college at Berrien Springs, Mich., where she recieved her B.A. degree. She later received her master's degree from Columbia University. She was also a graduate of the Pratt Art Institute, of New York City.

Eight years ago, in 1930, miss Steen made an exploring trip through the jungles of the Amazon River, in Brazil, South America and went where no white woman had gone previously. After making this trip she wrote a book called "Red Jungle Boy," which is in the local library.

Mr. Steen died many years ago and Mrs. Steen died about ten years ago. The deceased is survived by two brothers, Bert Steen, Des Moines and Tom Steen, Chicago, and her step-father, Walter Thompson, also of Des Moines. The body will be cremated.

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