Bachelor BESS : The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919
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 accountsOCoour own continuing adventure story, according to her brother PaulOCoof frontier life on the high plains west of the Missouri River. Irrepressible, independent-minded, and evidently fearless, the self-styled Bachelor Bess gives us a firsthand, almost daily account of her homesteading adventures. We can all stake a claim in her energetic letters."
- Electronic book text | 533 pages
- 14 May 2014
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa City, United States
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"Once I started reading the letters, it was extremely difficult to skip over some and not read every one, word for word...Each letter provides such rich details of this woman's life in regard to her daily activities, her interaction with neighbors, the difficulties of homesteading in Dakota, and, perhaps most unusual, many of her private feelings about herself and her life there."--Dorothy Schwieder