I loved this book, it ended too soon for me. Her diary covers a few short years, beginning when she hires on to run the ranch house of a Scottish rancher, taking her small daughter with her. Elinore is full of life, kind hearted and an awfully hard worker, yet she still managed to find the time to take her daughter on overnight winter camping trips, befriend many neighbors and run her own homestead too. I hope I can be as optimistic throughout such hardships.
I love reading letters, especially ones that are filled with such detailed accounts of life as a homesteader mail-order bride! This was filled with interesting stories about the neighbors that Elinore Stewart came across or spent time with. She also gives her own personal stories, but not often because her friend in which she wrote them to might have felt she was bragging. Some of the stories were very sad, while others were so sweet and fun. She definitely was not tied down even though she married in that time. She was given much more freedoms than I think most women were in that day, and knew a lot of skills that women weren't normally allowed to know or do, yet her husband Clyde embraced them about her.
This is truly one of the most delightful books I have read. Elinore Stewart was more than a homesteader. She was a woman of adventure and imagination that took her camping, exploring, and visiting (even with small children in tow) through some horrifically cold weather. She played matchmaker at times, had a wonderful sense of humor, and a spirit that said "just because she was a woman" didn't mean she couldn't enjoy life. Her husband gave her such liberty that she was able to make the most of being a wife, mother, and friend to many. Her escapades will amuse you, trials will make you cry; and even though this is written as letters, they are written in a way to read like chapters in a book. A refreshing read.
Delightful look into the life of a female homesteader - told through letters written to a former employer/friend. While revealing Elinore's personal experiences, the writings also offer us an opportunity for a broader understanding of the feminine role in the homesteading experience. Quick, easy read. Interesting characters.
The author comes west from Chicago to Wyoming to be a housekeeper. She is a widow with a small child. Within 6 weeks she is married to Mr. Stewart whom she really does not know. Mr. Stewart is a kind older rancher who allows Elinor to hike and travel with her eventual 3 children if her work is done. She quickly makes women friends and is happily traveling all over and documenting her experiences. This a true story of an energetic young woman who makes the best of traveling as the wife of a prosperous Wyoming rancher. This is a fantastic book about the settling of Wyoming about 1915. The conditions at best were primitive. Great read. I found this book at a Western Museum in utah close to the Wyoming border.
Elinore Pruitt Stewart charmed me with her wittyness, several times I laughed out loud and felt sad all at the sametime. I would have enjoyed recieving letters from her and being friends. I got the feeling she had a remarkably deliberate strength.
This book is a series of letters written from 1909 to 1913 from a Wyoming female homesteaders to her former employer. The first thing that strikes the reader is the absolute breathtaking descriptions of the Wyoming country. I just read on in amazement by the end of the introduction I felt Elinore & I were kindered spirits. My grandmother would have been her contempory. She too was this verbous. Though Elinore had only a rudimentry education & was a hurried, hard working, pioneer her letters flow as if they are penned by a great poet. All Americans should read this book that we may honor those strong souls that came before us