Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West

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Instead of talking about women's rights, these frontier women grabbed the opportunity to become landowners by homesteading in the still wild west of the early 1900s. Here they tell their stories in their own words-through letters and articles of the time-of adventure, independence, foolhardiness, failure, and freedom.
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Overview

Instead of talking about women's rights, these frontier women grabbed the opportunity to become landowners by homesteading in the still wild west of the early 1900s. Here they tell their stories in their own words-through letters and articles of the time-of adventure, independence, foolhardiness, failure, and freedom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931271908
  • Publisher: High Plains Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 303
  • Sales rank: 961,753
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Legacy of Single Women Homesteaders xi

1 Single Women Homesteaders: Their Place in History & Literature 17

Their Place in History 17

The Stereotype 19

The Cultural Setting 20

Women and Landownership 21

Transportation Improvements 23

Country Life and the Back-to-the-Land Movement 25

Second Generation Pioneer Women 27

Their Place in Literature 28

Point of View 28

Setting: Mountains and Plains Landscape 28

Characters 29

Plot 30

Style 30

Theme 31

Myth or Reality? 33

2 Getting Acquainted: Meet the Single Women Homesteaders 35

Numbers Don't Lie 35

Success Rates 36

Who Were They? 39

A Goal of Marriage? 41

New Friends From the Past 42

3 Heroines of the Popular Press: Homesteaders' Stories, 1911-1928 45

Telling Their Own Stories 46

Elizabeth Abbey Everette, "Uncle's Gift" 47

Metta M. Loomis, "From Schoolroom to Montana Ranch" 49

Cecelia Weiss, "Homesteading Without a Chaperon" 55

A. May Holaday, "The Lure of the West for Women" 62

Zay Philbrook, "My Wyoming Timber Claim" 63

Kate L. Heizer, "Via the Homesteading Route" 68

Reporting from the Frontier 73

Mary Isabel Brush, "Women on the Prairies" 74

Joanna Gleed Stange, "The Last Homesteads" 82

Mabel Lewis Stuart, "The Lady Honyocker" 86

4 Please Answer Soon: Letters of Single Women Homesteaders 91

Alice Newberry 93

Julia Erickson Stockton 107

Ida Gwynn Garvin 123

5 Looking Back: Single Women Homesteaders' Memoirs 163

Dr. Bessie Efner Rehwinkle 165

Katherine Garetson 179

Alice Hildreth Zehm 202

Florence Blake Smith 207

Madge McHugh Funk 224

6 Rediscovered: Single Women Homesteaders in Historical Records233

Oral Histories 234

Mary Culbertson 235

Helen Coburn Howell 243

Mary Sheehan Steinbrech 254

Profiles 257

Nellie Burgess 257

Esther Dollard 263

Geraldine Lucas 267

Emma Peterson 274

Afterword 283

Bibliography 285

Notes 293

Index 299

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