In July 1909 twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Corey left her Iowa farm to stake her declare to a South Dakota domicile. Over the following ten years, as she persevered her schoolteaching occupation and carved out a house for herself during this inhospitable territory, she despatched a gentle circulate of letters to her relatives again in Iowa. From the sting of recent the US, Bess wrote lengthy, gossipy accounts—"our personal carrying on with event story," in keeping with her brother Paul—of frontier lifestyles at the excessive plains west of the Missouri River. Irrepressible, independent-minded, and obviously fearless, the self-styled Bachelor Bess supplies us a firsthand, nearly day-by-day account of her homesteading adventures. we will be able to all stake a declare in her lively letters.
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