Sod and Stubble: The Unabridged and Annotated Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

"Over the years, I have recommended this book to hundreds of people in all walks of life and of almost all ages. Many have declared it to be the most informative and most interesting book they have read about Kansas history. The new material Rothenberger has located will add substantially to its value."—Leo E. Oliva, author of Woodston: The Story of a Kansas Country Town

"A first-rate edition. The annotations are informative in content and graceful in style."—Susan J. Rosowski, general editor of The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition

Author Biography: Von Rothenberger, a freelance writer, is himself a native of Osborne County, a community he has researched extensively for many years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700607754
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Kansas and the Region Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 464,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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A few years ago, as I listened one night to my mother telling incidents of her life pioneering in the semi-arid region of Western Kansas, it occurred to me that the picture of that early time was worth drawing and preserving for the future, and that, if this were ever to be done, it must be done soon, before all of the old settlers were gone. This book is the result—an effort to picture that life truly and realistically. It is the story of an energetic and capable girl, the child of German immigrant parents, who at the age of seventeen married a young German farmer, and moved to a homestead on the wind-swept plains of Kansas, where she reared eleven of her twelve children, and remembering regretfully her own half-day in school, sent nine of them through college. It is a story of grim and tenacious devotion in the face of hardships and disappointments, devotion that never flagged until the long, hard task of near a lifetime was done. —John Ise (from the preface)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Preface 5
1 A Simple Wedding 9
2 The Hopeful Journey 17
3 A New Homestead 30
4 The Neighbors 37
5 The First Months in the Log Cabin 43
6 The Mad Wolf 56
7 Horse Thieves 62
8 The Bright-Eyed Baby 67
9 Grasshoppers 75
10 Two Letters 79
11 Grasshopper Relief 87
12 The Great Menace Again 94
13 The Prairie Smiles Once More 97
14 The New House, and a Trip Back Home 103
15 Dangers of Pioneering 110
16 Henry Signs a Note 118
17 The Coming of the Railroad 127
18 A Prairie Fire 135
19 The Road Fight 140
20 The Retreat of the Defeated Legion 147
21 Unkind Seasons 154
22 Good Years and the New House 158
23 Trouble for the Little Children 171
24 A Happy Day, and an Anxious Night 175
25 A Sick Baby 184
26 More Hard Years and Hard Problems 196
27 Henry Buys a Windmill, and Sells Some Cattle 207
28 More Drouth and Anxiety . . . and Hope 216
29 Good Crops and the New Barn 228
30 Trouble in School and Church 239
31 A Dust Storm 257
32 The Darkness Before Dawn 265
33 Better Times 276
34 The End of Brave Fight 284
35 Rosie and the Children Manage 300
36 The Sale, and the End of Pioneering 316
37 Afterword: Sale Auction Book (1909) 325
38 The Haag Family and the Early Years in Kansas 333
39 Henry Ise and the Eisenmanger Family 354
40 The Writing of Sod and Stubble 364
41 After Sod and Stubble: Of Rosa and the Children 371
Notes 379
Bibliography 435
Index 439
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