Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West


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In 1916, two restless society girls from Auburn, New York headed out to the Rockies in North-western Colorado to teach in a new schoolhouse. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood went to grade school and Smith College together, spent eight months on a grand tour of Europe in 1910 and, bored with formal luncheons and chaperoned balls, not yet ready for marriage, they answered an ad for schoolteachers. They travelled by train to Denver, and then rode horses for three days up to the remote school where their students, the ...

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Bill M

Feb 13, 2014

Real American History

I first encountered this work as an outstanding excerpt in The New Yorker. It gives a good feel for what settlers in the West lived with.


Jan 27, 2012

women go west

Two young women from Auburn New York, were close friends from childhood, going to Smith College together and spending a year in Europe together decided to take up teaching positions in Routt County, Colorado. Children had to travel several miles to get to the school as did the two teachers. One of the requirements of the position was to visit all the families. They stayed with one of the families and by paying 'rent' added to the family's food budget. It is interesting and fun reading of their numerous adventures in bringing education to rural Colorado.

Joann T

Dec 31, 2011

The Way it Was

For anyone who knows Routt County, Colorado this book is an absolute gem! We lived in Steamboat Springs for a long time and Mother was in Assisted Living in Hayden, so the territory was very familiar. Travelers interested in the early 20th Century will also find it delightful. We are happy to recommend this well researched and lovingly told story.

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