It has been a joy to read, as well as to translate the letters of this fascinating man.
Bjarne Breilid, Translator
AMERICAN FEVER is a welcome addition to the history of Eastern Washington. Esther Ruud Stradling has drawn heavily from family correspondence to produce this readable and engrossing biography of her pioneer ancestors. The use of extensive quotes from family letters conveys a deep and personal sense of the hard work and dreams that many European immigrants brought with them when they settled the American West. As an archivist, I am pleased to see the effective use made of this collection of family papers. AMERICAN FEVER is a valuable contribution to the history of the Waterville, Washington area, and the history of Norwegian immigration to the United States.
Charles V. Mutschler, Archivist and Historian
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This non-fiction story of pioneer life in the Washington Territory, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, is so representative of hundreds, if not thousands, of pioneer farmers who endured the same toil, the same droughts, and the same tragedies. The text, much of which is taken from authentic journals, letters, and interviews, describes the struggles and hardships of the pioneer, the politics and economics of a newly settled West, as well as a heart-wrenching experience of the death of a beautiful child. A must read for students & historians interested in the homesteading era of the western U.S.!