Letters of a Woman Homesteader



❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Letters of a Woman Homesteader Author Elinore Pruitt Stewart – E17streets4all.co.uk Told with vivid gusto by a young, fiercely determined widow, this towering classic of American frontier life paints a candid portrait of her work, travels, neighbors, and harsh existence on a Wyoming a Woman Epub â Told with vivid gusto by a young, fiercely determined widow, this towering classic of American frontier life paints a candid portrait of her work, travels, neighbors, and harsh existence on a Wyoming ranch in the Letters of Epub / early s.Letters of a Woman Homesteader

a Woman Epub â Elinore Pruitt Stewart born Elinore Pruitt June , October , was a homesteader in Wyoming, and a memoirist who between and wrote letters describing her life there to a former employer Letters of Epub / in Denver, Colorado Those letters, which reveal an adventurous, capable, and resourceful woman of lively intelligence, were published in two collections in and The first of those collections, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, was of a Woman PDF/EPUB » the basis of the movie Heartland.

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10 thoughts on “Letters of a Woman Homesteader

  1. says:

    This lady had everything needed by the pioneer women She was smart, kind, strong, not afraid of hard work, inventive, humble, had a great sense of humor and love of life It never fails to amaze me when reading accounts of this type at how much people could get done in a week or a month or a year Yeah, that s the thing about hard work.It gets things accomplished Leaves very little time for whining and complaining.I very much enjoyed these letters describing a homesteader s life in Wyoming This lady had everything needed by the pioneer women She was smart, kind, strong, not afraid of hard work, inventive, humble, had a great sense of humor and love of life It never fails to amaze me when reading accounts of this type at how much people could get done in a week or a month or a year Yeah, that s the thing about hard work.It gets things accomplished Leaves very little time for whining and complaining.I very much enjoyed these letters describing a homesteader s life in Wyoming between 1909 and 1913

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    This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I have probably read it at least a dozen times This is the story of a person who followed her heart and worked incredibly hard the end result is that she built a life she loved Set in Wyoming at the start of the 20th century, Stewart a widowed single mother left the drudgery of taking in wash to work on a cattle ranch and prove up her own piece of land for homesteading She writes with wonderful droll humor and remarkable insight to the human This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I have probably read it at least a dozen times This is the story of a person who followed her heart and worked incredibly hard the end result is that she built a life she loved Set in Wyoming at the start of the 20th century, Stewart a widowed single mother left the drudgery of taking in wash to work on a cattle ranch and prove up her own piece of land for homesteading She writes with wonderful droll humor and remarkable insight to the human condition To her dear friend, she says, When you think of me, you must think of my as one who is truly happy It is true I want a great many things I haven t got, but I don t want them enough to be discontented and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine.Do you wonder I am so happy When I think of it all, I wonder how I can crowd all my joy into one short life How many of us can say the same

  3. says:

    Fallen trees were everywhere and we had to avoid the branches, which was powerful hard to do Besides, it was quite dusky among the trees long before night, but it was all so grand and awe inspiring Occasionally there was an opening through which we could see the snowy peaks, seemingly just beyond us, toward which we were headed.But when you get among such grandeur you get to feel how little you are and how foolish is human endeavor, except that which reunites us with the mighty force called g Fallen trees were everywhere and we had to avoid the branches, which was powerful hard to do Besides, it was quite dusky among the trees long before night, but it was all so grand and awe inspiring Occasionally there was an opening through which we could see the snowy peaks, seemingly just beyond us, toward which we were headed.But when you get among such grandeur you get to feel how little you are and how foolish is human endeavor, except that which reunites us with the mighty force called god I was plumb uncomfortable, because all my own efforts have always been just to make the best of everything and to take things as they come One of my friends sent me her worn out copy of this book as a loaner, because she believed it was such a great book When it arrived it was so worn out from so many hands reading it I loved it, so I suggested it for our book group and read it again.What makes this story so good First, it is a true story written in the very early 1900s by a woman who had lost her husband and had then taken on a job as a housekeeper for a rancher in Wyoming Along with the job, she had purchased land next to her new boss, intending to homestead it She then began writing eloquent letters to her former boss, letters that were filled with adventure, as well as her life on the ranch.What makes this story so good is the fact that she didn t talk about mundane things, instead she had adventures, but a few things are mundane, like talking about the food they are eating, no so mundane to me I knew that I would have had to develop a taste for venision, for example, but some of the meals were really good.Then there is a story of her taking her young daughter on a camping trip when she knew that it could snow They spent the night 30 miles from home, sleeping under a tree whose branches came to the ground The idea was squeeze between the branches, blocking out access to wild animals like bears or cougars Good luck, especially since she had built a campfire and was cooking their dinner, which could have attracted bears When they woke up the next morning snow had covered the ground This is when I began questioning her common sense, but then people have questioned my own over the years when I was on my own adventures So now they had to find their way home A 30 mile rope connected to her home would have been a good idea Ha Books like this remind me of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder or Thirty Six Hours of Hell by E.N Coones And right now I am thinking of the 100 degree windchill factor in New Hampshire and wondering how people and their livestock are surviving, and then wondering how they would keep their homes warm Other stories in this book were just not fascinating but caring as well Taking food to a starving family, and then on Christmas taking food to the sheepherders in the area, which would make this a good Christmas book So, if you get a chance check this book out as well as the other two that I have mentioned

  4. says:

    Of course I rate this book a five because my great grandmother wrote it and I can relate to it because of my grandmother s stories about growing up However, if I was not related, I would still love this book because it is very similar in style to Jack London s prose It has historical and sentimental value.

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    I have fallen in love with Elinore Pruitt Stuart For one thing, she s witty and kind For another, I love her philosophy of scaring off troubles with a belly laugh She s a keen observer of people and loves and can describe natural beauty She is independent, curious, loyal, likes to eat, is kind to children and animals, is not afraid of hard work, is open minded, and is honest enough to laugh at herself when she is wrong She seems to have made friends easily, which is natural probably for som I have fallen in love with Elinore Pruitt Stuart For one thing, she s witty and kind For another, I love her philosophy of scaring off troubles with a belly laugh She s a keen observer of people and loves and can describe natural beauty She is independent, curious, loyal, likes to eat, is kind to children and animals, is not afraid of hard work, is open minded, and is honest enough to laugh at herself when she is wrong She seems to have made friends easily, which is natural probably for someone who is a cheerful, sympathetic listener, rejoices in the joys of others, and enjoys work At a hotel where she happens to be staying once night with her young daughter, she meets an older male acquaintance who is meeting his fianc e of twenty five years who he hasn t seen in as long On finding out that she is going to be married on arrival but that no preparations have been made, Pruitt invites herself to the wedding meal In the course of decorating a partially built room, arranging a feast, and seeking hot water for the dusty bride s toilette, she ends up helping in the kitchen of the hotel because the landlady doesn t have enough help and a full house She loses track of the time because she s having so much fun The woman is not perfect, nor are these perfect times, by any means, but it s an interesting picture of Wyoming society around 1910 At one point, Pruitt goes to a Mormon community and has a bunch of questions all ready for the bishop , but he is away She and a friend end up staying at his second wife s home and being unable to bring herself to ask the questions because she has such pity for wife s situation The woman does talk about her husband and gives details of her domestic arrangements on the instigation of Pruitt s friend That she s not partial to Mormonism doesn t bother me She s open about her opinions and is frankly interested in the phenomenon It s a difference in belief She is however horribly patronizing to and about negroes When she sees a black man on a train she guess he expects to be called mister and says that she d learned after migrating to Wyoming from the South she could no longer call black people uncle and auntie as she had been used to do It s disappointing how racist some of my homesteading heroines are Laura Ingalls Wilder is also not free of prejudice and ignorance, though hers is directed toward native Americans In the back of my mind while reading this was the thought that the holy homestead act that gave white women like Pruitt such opportunity for independence was destructive of native cultures as well contributing significantly to the environmental disasters of the dust bowl and extermination of the bison So there s that But Elinore is some good company.Side note I had heard that this book was the basis inspiration for the movie 1979 film Heartland I loved that movie, but I remember it being a bit bleaker than I found the book I ll be interested to see it again

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    I feel it would be unfair to rate someone s actual letters, a living person s letters, as I would a book If, say, I wrote letters to a friend now, thinking nobody else will ever see or read them, who knows what I d write Imagine someone publishing your emails to your best friend Yeah Nope Right And that s why I m not rating this book.But anyway, it was mostly boring, but also somewhat informative, and that s why I wanted to read it in the first place I m always curious about how actual I feel it would be unfair to rate someone s actual letters, a living person s letters, as I would a book If, say, I wrote letters to a friend now, thinking nobody else will ever see or read them, who knows what I d write Imagine someone publishing your emails to your best friend Yeah Nope Right And that s why I m not rating this book.But anyway, it was mostly boring, but also somewhat informative, and that s why I wanted to read it in the first place I m always curious about how actual people lived and historical novels just don t cut it, they re just fiction Life is oftensimple than that, although sometimes it s wilder too In this case, it wassimple But that s okay, since I still noticed two interesting things that I took away from this book.First of all, it s how much community they seemed to have Everyone had neighbors and kept them close It s a thing I ve always noticed about fiction from that day as well Sadly, it s a thing we don t have any We are so lonely I will always envy the woman who wrote this letter the amazing community she had It s just not so much a thing that happens these days, it seems Or at least, maybe not in cities I hope maybe it still does in rural places like the homestead in the book.The second thing was how optimistic this woman s outlook was She had her fair share of sadness a husband dead, a baby lost to illness But she didn t let it put her down She knew she wanted to smile and to find something good in any situation I ve never been able to do that, so I admire real stories of people who seemed to be able to Fascinating.Oh, but content warning this was written like literallythan 100 years ago, so there s definitely some casual racism

  7. says:

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader hits close to my heart My husband and I farm the land that his grand parents first homestead in the 1910 s I was not born here but I immigrated from Brazil close to 25 years ago It was, and in some ways still is, a very hard adaptation to rural life and Canadian winters I often think of those women pioneers that braved this land without the amenities I have indoor plumbing, electricity, cars, phones, internet Their stories and bravery is still part of the loc Letters of a Woman Homesteader hits close to my heart My husband and I farm the land that his grand parents first homestead in the 1910 s I was not born here but I immigrated from Brazil close to 25 years ago It was, and in some ways still is, a very hard adaptation to rural life and Canadian winters I often think of those women pioneers that braved this land without the amenities I have indoor plumbing, electricity, cars, phones, internet Their stories and bravery is still part of the local lore the neighbor lady who was the midwife the grandmother who took a hammer and destroyed her brother s moonshine setup the feeding of dozens of men while those crews harvested the land on and on Elinore Pruitt Stewart adds another dimension to the experience of these women, that of feminism Elinore certainly never rationalized it this way, but her approach to homesteading and farming was that it could raise women above the poverty and hard labour of the cities When I read of the hard times among the Denver poor, I feel like urging them every one to get out and file on land I am very enthusiastic about women homesteading It really requires less strength and labour to raise plenty to satisfy a large family than it does to go out to wash, with the added satisfaction of knowing that their job will not be lost to them if they care to keep it.Then, in another passage, she saysAny woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of the sunset, loves growing things, and is willing to put in as much time and careful labor as she does over the washtub, can certainly succeed.In her discourse one can also see the seeds of therecent trend of returning to nature and agriculture as a mean to connect mankind to the land But if the passages I mention sound a bit preachy, the bulk of the letters are a colorful chronicle of the place and people she meets and often befriends Elinore is poetic at times, describing sunsets and sunrises or early snow, and shows a strength of character to border the insufferable when no minister or priest was available, she conduct the funeral service for her new born son I am so happy these letters were saved and printed No, they are not highly literary, but they bear witnesses to a whole generation of pioneers and their boldness

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    Right now the Kindle version if free at .

  9. says:

    Definitely love this book Thank God for pioneer women My review Definitely love this book Thank God for pioneer women My review

  10. says:

    These letters make for a fascinating narrative and descriptive journal of Mrs Stewart s life, moving from the city to a Wyoming homestead, marrying and still having the determination to homestead ON HER OWN She is a very positive, optimistic individual, generous and giving, nearly always seeing the positive in others Her words and attitude are inspirational.Whether tidbits are fabricated or exaggerated is a bit of topic of debate However, the general storylines, characters, and situations ar These letters make for a fascinating narrative and descriptive journal of Mrs Stewart s life, moving from the city to a Wyoming homestead, marrying and still having the determination to homestead ON HER OWN She is a very positive, optimistic individual, generous and giving, nearly always seeing the positive in others Her words and attitude are inspirational.Whether tidbits are fabricated or exaggerated is a bit of topic of debate However, the general storylines, characters, and situations are nonfiction, and it is quite fascinating to see the interrelations of early Western life, homesteading and cattle ranching Mrs Stewart always leaves a few choice words regarding her luck and love in life.She sees the beauty in everything Everything, even the barrenness, was beautiful 28 She incorporates some faith though seemingly nondenominational into her awe with Wyoming s natural beauty when you get among such grandeur you get to feel how little you are and how foolish is human endeavor, except that which reunites us with the mighty force called God 30 Choice bits of attitude and knowledge I am the luckiest woman in finding really lovely people and having really happy experiences Good things are constantly happening to me 62 Those who try know that strength and knowledge come with doing 282 She is humorous and loves camping fastidiousness about food is a good thing to get rid of when you come West to camp 166 And she can maintain a wintry mountain scene with pure love and passion, bubbling up your own feelings and sentiments I love the flicker of an open fire, the smell of the pines, the pure, sweet air, and I went to sleep thinking how blest I was to be able to enjoy the things I love most 198.I just recently purchased her other official letters collection, Letters From an Elk Hunt, and I m excited to read it

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