Girl from the Gulches

Girl from the Gulches

by Ellen Baumler

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Girl from the Gulches by Ellen Baumler

A covered wagon on a dim road, the promise of a long journey, and the wonder of what lay ahead filled the shadowy spaces of Mary Sheehan Ronan�s earliest memories. By the time she was a married woman in her twenties, she was a well-seasoned pioneer, having crossed most of the country and retraced her steps back across a third of it. In this highly readable, entertaining account, Ronan tells the story of one woman�s life in the West during the second half of the nineteenth century.

This detailed memoir recalls the young girl�s journey across the Great Plains, her childhood on the Colorado and Montana mining frontiers, her ascent to young womanhood on a farm in southern California, her experiences as a student in a Los Angeles convent school, her return to Montana as a bride, and her life on the Flathead Indian Reservation as wife of the Indian agent. The exhilaration of a forbidden sled ride, the creaking of the hangman�s rope, her father giving the last of their water to his dying mule�these things Ronan describes with vivid clarity. Ably edited and annotated, Girl from the Gulches offers a unique perspective that is a joy to read.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150377349
Publisher: Montana Historical Society Press
Publication date: 10/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 810 KB

About the Author

Ellen Baumler is an interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society and host of the show "History on the Go" on Cherry Creek Radio. In her spare time, she has made a hobby out of investigating the history behind Montana's ghosts and haunted places. Baumler's writing includes eight books and numerous magazine articles that tell the most funny, bizzare, and interesting stories from her research into Montana history.

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