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Bachelor Bess: The Homesteading Letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919
edited by Philip L. Gerber
foreword by Paul Corey
afterword by Wayne Franklin
University of Iowa Press, 1990
eISBN: 978-1-58729-079-4 | Paper: 978-0-87745-303-1
Library of Congress Classification F656.C67 1990
Dewey Decimal Classification 978.3031092

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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 accounts—"our own continuing adventure story," according to her brother Paul—of 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.



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