Elinore was a young woman, with a small child when her husband is killed. She worked several menial jobs to care for herself and her daughter while living in Denver. She managed to get a position as a live in housekeeper, with a Mr. Clyde Stewart, who was taking up a homestead in Wyoming at the turn of the century. I won't give away any of the book, but will say that she has a no nonsense way of saying things, and I love her personality, that shines through in these letters. I wish I could have known her myself, she would have been a true friend.
She also speaks to what my heart is feeling, and firmly believes:
" I am very enthusiastic about women homesteading. It really requires less strength and labor to raise plenty to satisfy a large family than it does to go out to wash, with the added satisfaction of knowing that their job will not be lost to them if they care to keep it. Even if improving the place does go slowly, it is that much done to stay done. Whatever is raised is the homesteader's own and there is no house rent to pay."
I wish there was still such a thing as true homesteading....where you could put in a claim on 100 acres or so of land, and as long as you improved it within a set amount of years, it was yours.
I highly recommend this book for reading....you get a taste of how they did things back then, and also the true characters are wonderful to get to know.
Have a great day!