Vol. 3 –January-June 1854

“Home Pictures Framed; or, Life in the Wilderness,” as Rosella, Ashland County, O., p134

“Home Pictures Framed; or, Life in the Wilderness III,” as Rosella, Sylvan Dell, Ashland County, O., p379

“Home Pictures Framed; or, Life in the Wilderness IV, The Wife’s Error,” as Rosella, Sylvan Dell, Ashland County, O., p449


Vol. 4 – July-December 1854

“Home Pictures Framed V, Ella Graham,” as Rosella, Sylvan Dell, Ashland County, O., p172


Vol. 10 – July-December 1857

“A Talk With Farmers’ Wives,” as Rosella, p139


Vol. 11 – January-June 1858

Wives Should be Better Than Their Husbands, as Rosella, p210

Home Pictures Framed or Kate Woods, as Rosella, p225


Vol. 15 – January-June 1860

“Aunt Nabby,”as Rosella, p209


Vol. 17 – January-June 1861

“A Place for Your Shoes,” as Rosella, p309

“How He Met His First Love,” as Rosella, p347


Vol. 19 – January-June 1862

Not yet found


Vol. 20 – July-December 1862

Not yet found


Vol. 22 – July- December 1863

“Our Shadows or Kitty Summers,” as Rosella, p269


Vol. 23 – January-June1864

“A Plea for Grandfathers,” p201


Vol. 27 – January-June 1866

“Delusive,” as Rosella, p418


Vol. 29 – January-June 1867 (on disc)

“Feeling for Steps,” as Rosella, p222

“Tender Little Vines,” as Rosella, p177


Vol. 30 – July-December 1867

“Gleams,” as Rosella, p292

“The Angels of God Met Him,” as Rosella, p115


Vol. 31 – January-June 1868

“Ossified Women,” as Rosella, p20

“Right at Last,” as Rosella, p97


Vol. 32 – July-December 1868

“The Lord Will Provide,” as Rosella, p151

“Tidings From Heaven,” as Rosella, p281


Vol. 33 – January-June 1869

“Cultivating a Pure Expression,” as Rosella, p250

“Susie Powers’s Work,” p317 (First story using full name of Rosella Rice)


Vol. 34 – July-December 1869

“Bessie Gray,” (children’s), p292


Vol. 35 – January-June 1870

“Deacon John Flint,” p215

“God, Keep Mamma,” p326

“Grandy’s Story” (children’s), p231


Vol. 36 – July-December 1870

“More About Our Dog Paddy” (children’s), p346

“Our Dog Paddy” (children’s), p49


Vol. 37 – January-June 1871

“Annie’s Angels,” p85

“Other People’s Windows I, II, III, IV (first stories as Pipsissiway Potts),  pp154, 215, 281, 332

“The Robin’s Nest in the Elm,” p261


Vol. 38 – July-December 1871 )

“My House in the Pear Tree,” p338

“Other People’s Windows V, VI, VII, VIII, as Pipsissiway Potts, pp38, 87, 142, 200

“The Preacher’s Daughter, a Story for Girls,” p257


Vol. 39 – January-June 1872

“My Armed Foe,” p201?

“My Irish Girl,” p42?

“Our Dog Rally,” p96?

“Other People’s Windows IX,  X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV” as Pipsissaway Potts, pp27, 110, 149, 221, 273, 331


Vol. 40 – July-December 1872

 “Jonathan and Nancy,” p316?

 “My Husband Jack, a Woman’s Story,” p17

“Other People’s Windows XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIV, XV” as Pipsissaway Potts, p29, 96,168, 220,257, 330


Vol. 41 –1873

“Hetty Henderson’s Era,” p319

“Hulda, Jack Dickey’s Wife,” p170

“My First Literary Venture,” p623

“My New Alpaca Dress,” p95

“One of Many,” p466

“Our Friends’ Closets,” p603

“Steven Cook, Dog,” p499

“The Deacon’s Household I-XII,” as Pipsissiway Potts, pp45, 129, 183, 263, 303, 391, 451, 522, 594, 659, 730, 791

“The Old Pine Churn,” p59


Vol. 42 – 1874

“A Letter to Pipsey,” p727

“Betsey Bobbitt,” p25

“Little Jennie,” p521

“My Girls and I,”(first appearance as Chatty Brooks) pp49, 119. 188, 261, 324, 387, 415, 516, 583, 637, 712, 778

“More About Steven Cook, Dog, p645

“Starved to Death!” p714

“the Deacon’s Household XIII-XXIV,” as Pipsissiway Potts, pp44, 115, 182, 257, 320, 384, 412, 513. 580, 634. 709, 749

“The Haunted House,” p100


Vol. 43 – 1875

“Fifty Years Ago, or the Cabins of the West,” pp19, 93, 149, 228, 292, 360, 412, 483, 539, 586, 646, 705

“My Girls and I,” as Chatty Brooks, pp63, 132, 198, 269, 328, 396, 441, 515, 581, 622, 678, 739

“Pipsey,” p137

“The Deacon’s Household XXV-XXXVI,” (as Pipsissiway Potts), pp52, 122, 190,255, 321, 383, 438, 508, 558, 614, 671, 701


Vol. 44 – 1876

“Johnny Appleseed,” p634

“Old Hearth Stones; and the Tales They Tell,” pp15, 129, 530

“Pottsville Papers,” as Pipsissaway Potts, pp47, 102, 168, 223, 283, 332, 394, 495. 609

“The Girls at Millwood,” as Chatty Brooks, pp56, 110. 229, 337, 440, 622


Vol.  45 – 1877 )

“A Breeze From Pottsville” as Pipsissiway Potts, p645

“A Leaf From Life, “ p38

“Confidential Chats” as Chatty Brooks, p221

“Debby’s Life,” p?

“Katy’s Spells,” p595

“My Neighbor’s Crosses, p131




While we plan to put together as complete a bibliography of Rosella Rice’s published writings as possible, we have started with the magazine for which she wrote the most and contributed her best work — Arthur’s Home Magazine.  The titles below were under her own complete name unless designated as written under only her first name or under one of her noms de plume — Pipsissaway “Pipsey” Potts or Chatty Brooks. Many volumes of this magazine have been scanned and are available on the Internet. Only the volumes that contain identified stories are listed. Additions and corrections will be added when found.


This profile below was published in Vol. 63, p899, 1892,  four years after her death, as part of a history of the magazine on its 40th anniversary:



"She caught the primal charm
Of every common scene;
Of river, cottage, farm,

Blue sky and woodland green."


Many people all over the United States feel well acquainted with Rosella Rice by reading the quaint and pungent papers in which she so portrays human nature. She was born at Perryville, Ashland County, Ohio, August 11th, 1827, and died June 6th, 1888. She was among the early contributors to Arthur’s Magazine and began writing for it at least thirty years ago. She was a subscriber before it was in pamphlet form, while it was a newspaper known as Arthur s Home Gazette. This was the beginning of a friendship with T. S. Arthur (the publisher), which continued during her lifetime


She used to say, “I expect to write for Mr. Arthur until the pen falls from my hand in death,” and this she did. A few days before her death, her usual manuscript was sent off. She belonged to an old Massachusetts family, and her home was like a bit of New England planted in Ohio. She had a great amount of " faculty," and her intellectual resources were inexhaustible, as demonstrated by the fact that for years she supported herself by her pen. Her heart and purse were ever open to the cries of the poor, needy, and disgraced. Hers was that large-hearted charity that feels compassion for every condition of life. Here was a woman who never grew old, she was jolly, she was emotional, and sympathized with old and young.


Much of her work was done under noms de plume — she was best known in Arthur as Rosella Rice, Pipsey Potts, and Chatty Brooks. Biographical sketches of her are found in Poets and Poetry of the West, Appleton's Encyclopaedia, and Allibone's Dictionary of Authors.


Vol. 46 – 1878

“At the Deacon’s,” as Pipsey Potts, p60

“Aquariums and Fern-Baskets,” as Pipsey Potts, p294

“Caddy Parker,” as Chatty Brooks, p210

“Chatty and the Girls,” as Chatty Brooks, p299

“Chatty Talks to the Girls,” as Chatty Brooks, p385

“From Pipsey’s Basket,” as Pipsey Potts, pp163, 213, 238, 336, 428, 486, 584

“How We Manage,” as Chatty Brooks, p539

“John,” as Pipsey Potts, p525

“Lesson and Lecture,” as Chatty Brooks, p594

“Pipsissewa” (the plant) by a reader named Margaret, p551

“One of Chatty’s Talks,” as Chatty Brooks, p490

“Will Pipsey Answer?” (an anonymous letter), p60

“What a Woman Saw,” as Pipsey Potts, 394

“Zaidee’s Hat,” as Pipsey Potts, p59

“Zaidee’s Sacque,” as Pipsey Potts, p256


Vol. 47 – 1879

“Fading Footprints; or the Lowly Lives of Long Ago,” pp42, 94, 200, 236, 381

“From Aunt Chatty’s Girls,” p447

“One of Aunt Chatty’s Girls,” by Mrs. S.B. Hardy, p332

“Our Neighborhood,” as Pipsissiway Potts, pp17, 101, 147, 264, 276, 334, 490, 551

“Wrinkles and Dimples; or Myself and My Girls,” as Chatty Brooks, pp47, 106, 157, 214, 302, 366. 499. 547, 606


Vol. 48 – 1880

“Aunt Becky,” p630

“Dishcloths,” as Pipsey, p197

“Her Own Notions,” as Pipsey Potts, p311

“Home Topics,” as Chatty Brooks, p671

“Items and Answers,” as Chatty Brooks, p544

“Millwood Leaves,” as Chatty Brooks, p187

“Pipsey’s Plans,” as Pipsey Potts, p121

“Pipsey at Home,” as Pipsey Potts, p244

“Seasonable Hints From Pipsey,” p46

“Spending Money for Women,” as Chatty Brooks, p55

“Taking Comfort,” as Pipsey Potts, p725

“The Butcher From Boston,” as Pipsey Potts, p552

“What Chatty Thinks,” p368

“What June Brought Us, in Four Chapters,”, as PIpsey

Potts, pp 417, 440, 508, 565


Vol. 49 – 1881

“Artemus Ward,” p452

“Becky Jane Duzenberry,” p645

“From Aunt Chatty,” as Chatty Brooks, p356

“Grandma Barnes,” p286

“Green Lanes,” as Pipsey Potts, p293

“Holidays at Chatty’s”, no byline, 117

“Jack’s Mother,” as Chatty Brooks, p418

“Jane Price or Mary Ann’s Story,” p176

“Middy Morgan,” p47

“Our Lady Beautiful,” as Chatty Brooks, p721

“Pumpkin Pie and Corn Cake,” as Pipsey Potts, p128

“The Little Wife’s Letter,” as Pipsey Potts, p60

“The Sabbath at Home,” p423

“Uncle John’s Store,” 345

“What October Brought Us,” Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, pp473, 528, 585, 653,, 718


Vol. 50 –1882

“A Queer, Quaint People” I, II and II, as Pipsey Potts, pp312, 371, 428

“Mother Bickerdyke,” p738


Vol. 51 – 1883 (index photocopied)

“The Old Flint Mill,” p461 (photocopied)


Vol. 52 – 1884

What Happens,” as Pipsey Potts, p307

“Headaches,” as Pipsey Potts, p418

“Household Secrets,” p361

“Loving and Beloved,” as Pipsey Potts, p468

“Pipsey’s Stingy Ways,” as Pipsey Potts, p527

“Polly,” as Pipsey Potts, p608

“The Art of Being Agreeable,” p519

“The Author of John Halifax,” p693

“The Knack of Knowing,” as Pipsey Potts, p127

“The Sick and the Well,” p174

“Tricks of the Trade,” as Pipsey Potts, p?

“Women as We Find Them,” as Pipsey Potts, p586


Vol. 53 – 1885

“Affectionate John Bailey,” p543

“Becky Ann Briggs,” p741

“Creature Comforts,” p497

“Deacon Brewster’s Lion,” as Pipsey Potts, p58

“Dodge and Dodge,” as Pipsey Potts, p255

“Kitty and I,”as Pipsey Potts, p297

“Mrs. Hiram Fisher of Fisher’s Landing,” as Pipsey Potts, p185

“My Good Angel’s Message,” as Pipsey Potts, p599

“Papa’s Mad Days,” p62

“Recipes,” as Pipsey Potts, p297

“The Mathas and Marys,” as Pipsey Potts, p424


Vol. 55 – January-June 1887

“Chatty’s New Rugs,” as Chatty Brooks, p117

“How He Got Her,” p158 (photocopied)

“Just for Fun,” p414 (photocopied)

“Joel Moody’s Wife’s Aunt,” p635 (photocopied)

“Only Mother,” as Pipsey Potts, p515

“The Day of Common Things,” asChatty Brooks, p431

“The Top-Rail Club,” as Pipsey Potts, pp93, 641

“Tillie Troutman’s Rock,” as Pipsey Potts, p243 (photocopied)


Vol. 56 – July-December 1887

“Other People’s Debts,” as Pipsey Potts, p404

“Our Schools, School-houses and Schoolmasters in the Long Ago,” 295, 394

“Simeon’s Wives,” p200

“That Old Grave,” as Pipsey Potts, p453

“The Top-Rail Club,” as Pipsey Potts, p93, 312, 504


Vol. 57 – January-June 1888

Dan’l  Dudgeon’s Wife,” p418

“Hannah Taylor, of Taylor’s Landing,” as Chatty Brooks, p294”

“Pipsey on Authorship,” as Pipsey Potts, pp70,180

“Sis Scott’s Lover,” p497

“The Path Beautiful,” 175 (photocopied)

“The Top-Rail Club,” as Pipsey Potts, pp502, 610


Vol. 58, July-December 1888

“How Papa Found Mamma,” as Pipsey Potts, p268

“Levi and Barbara,” as Pipsey Potts, p353

“The Top-Rail Club,” as Pipsey Potts, pp71, 168

“The ‘Knack” That Dolly Had,” p164


Vol. 59, 1889

“Pipsey” by Anna B. Quillin (obituary), p565


Vol. 60, 1890

“Log Cabin Life of Long Ago,” p975 (copied)

“The Top-Rail Club,” as Pipsey Potts, pp621, 1057

“The Women We Meet,” p798


Vol. 61 – 1891

“Log Cabin Life of Long Ago,” p67



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