Twenty Miles From A Match: Homesteading In Western Nevada by Sarah E. Olds

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By Sarah E. Olds

Twenty Miles From a fit, initially released in 1978, is the autobiography of an indomitable lady and her family's twenty years of adventures and misadventures in a wilderness barren region. In 1908, a venturesome lady named Sarah Olds packed up her brood and went homesteading west of Sutcliffe on Pyramid Lake. Her sick husband acknowledged, welcoming her to their new domestic, "There, previous woman. there is your domestic, and it truly is rattling close to within the middle of Egypt." Olds tells of the hardships, frustrations, poverty, and different tribulations her kin suffered from almost immediately after the flip of the century until eventually good into the good melancholy. via all of it, notwithstanding, runs a thread of humor, cheerfulness, and the power to giggle at adversity. Twenty Miles From a fit is a narrative for everybody who has concept or dreamed approximately homesteading in a surroundings some distance faraway from the bustling way of life in an city zone. it's a real tale, informed easily and in truth and with pleasant humor.

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After our snow battle I crossed over to the well for a bucket of water to clean myself and my apartment, which had been tracked with red clay inside and out. " As I was the only human in sight, his remarks were addressed to me. Thus were the first words spoken to me by the man who was to become my husband a few short months later. I had seen him going to and from the boarding house for months, and I knew his name was Mr. Olds, but until now we had never spoken. I knew who he was, for he and I had helped substantially in supporting a lady and two children a few months before.

Daddy said we'd have to find somebody with good teeth to bite the puppy's tail off. " The little boy looked so earnest that I didn't dare laugh at him. I knew he was the son of the man who had been shot. " I was curious to know what had prompted such a queer request, and also anxious to see how Mrs. McNeal was getting along without a payday, for I knew miners well enough to know that one payday barely reached the next. Mrs. " After Herb went to the hospital, Bobby became the man of the family and took it upon himself to see that the puppy's tail was properly taken care of.

Swimming now in the swift-moving current with all my clothes on was quite a struggle. I was fully dressed in the costume of the gay ninetieshigh-topped button shoes, black lisle stockings, two full, ruffled petticoats, and an ankle-length dress. It was topped off with a wide-brimmed sailor hat fastened on with two ten-inch hatpins stuck in from opposite sides of the crown. It would have been an acrobatic feat to remove my hat. I laboriously swam in all my cumbersome attire through the fast-flowing stream.

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