Wilderness Homesteaders Author:Ethel Kavanaugh Above and beyond the din of typewriters, the roar of traffic, the daily, deadly grind, the year-in and year-out business of doing the same things, of snatching hasty "sandwich-and-malted" lunches, or "ironing out the little blouse for tomorrow," a woman and her daughter, "office slaves," dreamed the great American dream of virgin land, "a place ... more »of their own" with vegetables in a garden plot, a little cottage--security--but, with it, adventure and change.
Did they sigh and put another ribbon in the typewriter? If they had, there would have been no book.
The resolution made, they did not set forth, starry-eyed, to plunge into painful failure, and return. Acquiring all the pertinent knowledge available to them, they carefully laid their plans and accumulated paraphernalia, optimistically ignoring the Old adage of "The best-laid plans."
From Homer they packed about thirty-five miles into the wilderness until they came to the vista of a valley which they 1ikened to Paradise. It was occupied by roaming herds of moose. Because of a mirth-provoking, fatigue-twisted tongue, they immediately called the claim "Meese Acres," and pitched their tent.
The story of their arduous adventures, toil, adversities, and fun in challenging the wilderness cannot be compared to any other book, for there is not another book like it.
Rome wasn't built in a day, nor was their homestead liveable the year around for several years. They had to work in canneries and offices to earn money for equipment, and for a team and wagon.
They had to make their own road, cut down logs, build their own snug cabin, and make long trips in freezing weather to haul in supplies.
Wilderness Homesteaders is a startling book, a book without precedent, for it is the first true story, which has been published, of modern pioneer women who homesteaded in virgin territory without the assistance of men.
From beginning to end, this is a book to read with unabated interest, to jog memories of your own dreams and kindle your admiration for these two women who made their dreams come true.
The numerous illustrations are from photographs, all of which were taken by the author and her daughter.« less