The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women
by Marianne Monson
Pub Date 06 Sep 2016
These are the stories of twelve women who "heard the call" to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey: the East Coast, Europe, and as far away as New Zealand. They endured unimaginable hardships just to get to their destination and then the next phase of the story begins. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. All the women in this book did extraordinary things. One became a stagecoach driver, disguised as a man. One became a frontier doctor. One was a Gold Rush hotel and restaurant entrepreneur. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world, for which there are inspiring lessons to be learned for the modern woman.
A Note From the Publisher
Nellie Cashman: Known across the American West as a nurse, restaurateur, businesswoman, Roman Catholic philanthropist, and gold prospector in Alaska. Born: 1845 County Cork, Ireland Died: 1925 Victoria, Canada Aunt Clara Brown: A former slave from Virginia who became a community leader, philanthropist and aided settlement of former slaves during the time of Colorado's Gold Rush. Born: circa 1800, Virginia Died: 1885, Denver, Colorado Abigail Scott Duniway: An American women's rights advocate, newspaper editor and writer, whose efforts were instrumental in gaining voting rights for women. Born: 1834, Illinois Died: 1915, Portland, Oregon María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: The first female Mexican-American author to write in English. In her career she published two books, and one play-based on Cervants' Don Quixote. Born: 1832, Mexico Died: 1895, Chicago, Illinois Luzena Stanley Wilson: A California Gold Rush entrepreneur. Born: 1819, North Carolina Died: 1902 San Francisco, California Mother Jones: An Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. Born: 1837, Cork, Ireland Died: Adelphi, Minnesota Zitkala-Sa: Also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, she was a Sioux writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. Born: 1876, South Dakota Died: 1938, Washington, D.C. Mary Hallock Foote: An American author and illustrator. She is best known for her illustrated short stories and novels portraying life in the mining communities of the turn-of-the-century American West. Her extensive personal correspondence was the inspiration for Wallace Stegner's novel Angle of Repose. Born: 1847 Milton, New York Died: 1938 Boston, Massachusetts Martha Hughes Cannon: A Welsh-born immigrant, a physician, Utah women's rights advocate and suffragist, and Utah State Senator. She was also the wife of a Mormon polygamist. Born: Wales, 1857 Died: 1932 Los Angeles, California Donaldina Cameron: Born in New Zealand to Presbyterian missionary parents, she immigrated with them to San Francisco's Chinatown, where she rescued thousands of Chinese immigrant girls from indentured servitude. She was known as the "White Devil" to the slave traders. Born: 1869, New Zealand Died: 1968, Palo Alto, California Charley Parkhurst: Born Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst. Disguised as a man, she became a renowned stagecoach driver, farmer, and rancher in California. Her gender wasn't discovered until after her death. Born: 1812 Vermont Died: 1879, Watsonville, California Makaopiopio: One of the first Hawaiian immigrants to settle the Hawaiian colony of Iosepa in the salt flats of Utah. Born: 1815 Hawaii Death: 1889, Iosepa Colony, Utah