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"A few years ago, as I listened one night to my mother telling incidents of her life pioneering in the semi-arid region of Western Kansas, it occurred to me that the picture of that early time was worth drawing and preserving for the future, and that, if this were ever to be done, it must be done soon, before all of the old settlers were gone. This book is the result-an effort to picture that life truly and realistically. It is the story of an energetic...
A collection of letters by nineteenth-century homesteader Howard Ruede in which he chronicles his first year in Kansas while writing back to his family in Pennsylvania, covering topics such as poverty, unsanitary conditions, and starvation.
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