In Indiana, Price was educated at the Episcopal Church school St.
Agnes Hall. After the war, the Price family returned to Bowling
Green, but the period proved to be difficult one for the family.
Her parents and brother died suddenly between 1873 and 1875, leaving
Price and her sister Mary to manage for themselves. Price became
bedridden with a mysterious back ailment and would remain invalid
for the next decade. The sisters did what they could to supplement
their dwindling inheritance. Despite her ill health, Price began
teaching watercolor painting, using birds and plants that her students
would collect and bring them to her bedside as subjects. In the early
1880s she travelled to Philadelphia for six months of treatment from
Dr. Weir Mitchell. Afterwards, her health, though far from
perfect, was much improved, and she declared herself “all
Sarah “Sadie” Francis Price was born in Evansville, Indiana
in 1849, the third child of Alexander and Maria Price. The family
soon moved, settling in Bowling Green, where she spent her first
twelve years living the normal life of a small town girl. By 1861,
the harsh realities of the Civil War changed the family circumstances.
The Prices were sympathetic to the Union cause. Her brother Frederick
joined the Union army, and Price, her sister and mother returned
north to Indiana. Her father liquidated his hardware business and
all family assets before joining them.