There are some clear similarities between Kate Chopin's life and Louise Mallard in Chopin's short story, "The Story of an Hour."
One similarity is that Chopin's father died in a train accident. In the story, Louise Mallard's husband is reported killed in a train accident. Both families are wealthy. Kate Chopin marries a businessman, and it is clear that Louise Mallard's husband was a businessman as well, traveling by train to work, travel-stained (as only someone well-dressed could be perceived after spending time on the train), and carrying an umbrella—not the behavior of a common worker.
It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella.
Finally, it is Chopin's behavior as an independent woman, upon the death of her husband, that is very similar to Louise Mallard's new-found sense of independence at her husband's "death."