EASTON, Conn. -- Helen Keller, the famed author and activist who had been blind and deaf since the age of 19 months, died 45 years ago Saturday, June 1, at her home in Easton, ConnecticutHistory.Org reminds residents on its website .
Keller, who overcame obstacles with the help of her companion Anne Sullivan, had settled in the Easton area partially because of her friendship with Mark Twain, who lived in nearby Redding.
She lived in Easton for nearly 30 years in a house she called Arcan Ridge on Redding Road. (It was actually two houses -- the first one burned down and she built a replacement on it the site, dubbing it Arcan Ridge 2.)
Her adopted hometown continues to pay tribute to her after naming Helen Keller Middle School in her honor. The school's website include this inspirational quote from Keller: "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
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