Nothing Daunted

The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Wickenden, Dorothy (Book - 2011)
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Nothing Daunted
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In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, bored by society luncheons, charity work, and the effete men who courted them, left their families in Auburn, New York, to teach school in the wilds of northwestern Colorado. They lived with a family of homesteaders in the Elkhead Mountains and rode to school on horseback, often in blinding blizzards. Their students walked or skied, in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. The young cattle rancher who had lured them west, Ferry Carpenter, had promised them the adventure of a lifetime. He hadn't let on that they would be considered dazzling prospective brides for the locals. Nearly a hundred years later, Dorothy Wickenden, the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff, found the teachers' buoyant letters home, which captured the voices of the pioneer women, the children, and other unforgettable people the women got to know. In reconstructing their journey, Wickenden has created an exhilarating saga about two intrepid women and the "settling up" of the West.
Authors: Wickenden, Dorothy
Title: Nothing daunted
the unexpected education of two society girls in the West
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2011.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Characteristics: xiv, 286 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Beginnings.
Overland journey
The girls from Auburn
"A funny, scraggly place"
"Refined, intelligent gentlewomen"
Old World and New.
The grand tour
Ferry's scheme
Hell Hill
Working Girls.
Turnips and tears
The mad ladies of Strawberry Park
The cream of Routt County
"Unarmed and defenseless"
"The dark days are very few"
Three-wire winter
Local Note: 1 6 27 53 67 76 80 97 109 112 118 133 148 149 151 152 153 167 172 173 176 193 210 211 216 222 231 243 250 264 268 272 280
ISBN: 9781439176597
Statement of Responsibility: Dorothy Wickenden
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Woodruff, Dorothy. Underwood, Rosamond. Teachers Colorado Biography. Education Colorado History 20th century.
Topical Term: Teachers
LCCN: 2011008949
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Jun 05, 2013
  • MElaineMilanMerry rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not the most eventful of books, but that's not really the point. Letters aren't going to make for a really thrilling plot; it's about the detail of daily life. There could have been a little more focus, but true stories recreated through letters are usually going to have a little problems with that. I wish the library had a greater selection of pioneer-type life stories, so I'm glad this was available.

Oct 11, 2012
  • Caroline1731 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An engrossing book that recreates the lives of two society women from NY who move to Colorado at the turn of the century to teach in a rural school house. It's a true story of their lives recreated through their letters home at that time. I don't typically read non-fiction but the sense of adventure and good humor of the "heroines" carried me through. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who liked to read Laura Ingalls Wilder growing up and who loves stories of strong, capable women.

May 12, 2012
  • unJoCo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Found it be a worthwhile read--I am one of those readers that will skip around with non-fiction. I would read chapters I found to be interesting.

Oct 18, 2011
  • diamtupa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

After 60 pp I decided to stop wasting my time waiting for something to really happen. It was too unfocused and jarbled. Lost interest.


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