Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919

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In July 1909 twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Corey left her Iowa farm to stake her claim to a South Dakota homestead. Over the next ten years, as she continued her schoolteaching career and carved out a home for herself in this inhospitable territory, she sent a steady stream of letters to her family back in Iowa. From the edge of modern America, Bess wrote long, gossipy accounts--"our own continuing adventure story," according to her brother Paul--of frontier life on the high plains west of the Missouri River. Irrepressible, ...

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