Almost Pioneers One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West

ISBN-10: 0762784393
ISBN-13: 9780762784394
Edition: N/A
Authors: John J. Fry
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Description: In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple, made the gutsy—some might say foolhardy—decision to homestead in Wyoming. There, they built their first house, a claim shanty half dug out of the ground, hauled every drop of their  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 8/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple, made the gutsy—some might say foolhardy—decision to homestead in Wyoming. There, they built their first house, a claim shanty half dug out of the ground, hauled every drop of their water from a spring over a half-mile away, and fought off rattlesnakes and boredom on a daily basis. Soon, other families moved to nearby homesteads, and the Smiths built a house closer to those neighbors. The growing community built its first public schoolhouse and celebrated the Fourth of July together—although the festivities were cut short because of snow.By 1917, however, the Smiths had moved back to Iowa, leasing their land to a local rancher and using the proceeds to fund Earle’s study of law.  The Smiths lived in Iowa for most of the rest of their lives, and sometime after the mid-1930s, Laura wrote this clear, vivid, witty, and self-deprecating memoir of their time in Wyoming, a book that captures the pioneer spirit of the era and of the building of community against daunting odds.

Preface
Foreword
Wyoming
Diamond Station
The Big Pasture
Making Plans
On the Prairie
Cheyenne
The Caster Family
The First Fall
Mellie Baker
Snow
Spring 1914
Homesteading
The Funeral
Home Life
The Diamond Ranch
Fall and Winter 1914
Visitors
Harvests
Alone
Ladies Aid Club
The Preacher on the Prairie
Protracted Meeting
Dance and Election
Epilogue
Afterword
Appendix: Laura Gibson Smith in Conversation with Other Western Women Writers
Index
About the Editor

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