The author comes west from Chicago to Wyoming to be a housekeeper. She is a widow with a small child. Within 6 weeks she is married to Mr. Stewart whom she really does not know. Mr. Stewart is a kind older rancher who allows Elinor to hike and travel with her eventual 3 children if her work is done. She quickly makes women friends and is happily traveling all over and documenting her experiences. This a true story of an energetic young woman who makes the best of traveling as the wife of a prosperous Wyoming rancher. This is a fantastic book about the settling of Wyoming about 1915. The conditions at best were primitive. Great read. I found this book at a Western Museum in utah close to the Wyoming border.
This book is a series of letters written from 1909 to 1913 from a Wyoming female homesteaders to her former employer. The first thing that strikes the reader is the absolute breathtaking descriptions of the Wyoming country. I just read on in amazement by the end of the introduction I felt Elinore & I were kindered spirits. My grandmother would have been her contempory. She too was this verbous. Though Elinore had only a rudimentry education & was a hurried, hard working, pioneer her letters flow as if they are penned by a great poet. All Americans should read this book that we may honor those strong souls that came before us