My uncle sent me an old copy of Real West magazine.
Not my usual cup of Country Living/Martha Stewart tea, but tasty just the same.
My uncle wanted me to see the article on Prairie Madness, about the challenges facing pioneering women in Eastern Kansas.
His note said that he feels much of the article isn’t quite accurate.
I think if even one tenth of it is true, I’m glad I’m not one of those women.
I kind of like my indoor plumbing, you know?
And I’m not really fond of scorpions. Or snakes. Or damp floors.
I agree with my uncle though, it is a good read.
(Click on the individual pages to open them. Click again to enlarge for reading.)
P.S. That Arizona Necktie Party mentioned on the cover is definitely not something planned by Martha Stewart. Might have to share that article with you tomorrow.
My grandmother on my father’s side did not fare well psychologically coming out to Pullman in the late 1880’s to find herself in a countryside that was basically treeless, lacking the amenities with which she had surrounded herself living in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and having frequent visits by the Nez Perce and Palouse. I think women who came out West, whether on trains or covered wagons, had to be strong to survive being away from family and the comforts of home. I haven’t read your magazine article, but will be interested to do so.