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In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their soci-ety luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teach-ing jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied - shocking their families and friends. No young lady in our town, Dorothy later commented, had ever been hired by anybody.

They took the new railroad over the Continental Divide and made their way by spring wagon to the tiny settlement of Elkhead, where they lived with a family of homesteaders. They rode several miles to school each day on horseback, sometimes in blinding blizzards. Their students walked or skied on barrel staves, in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. The man who had lured them out west was Ferry Carpenter, a witty, idealistic, and occasionally outrageous young lawyer and cattle rancher. He had promised them the adventure of a lifetime and the most modern schoolhouse in Routt County; he hadn't let on that the teachers would be considered dazzling prospective brides for the locals.

That year transformed the children, their families, and the undaunted teachers themselves. Dorothy and Rosamond learned how to handle unruly children who had never heard the Pledge of Allegiance and thought Ferry Carpenter was the president of the United States; they adeptly deflected the amorous advances of hopeful cowboys; and they saw one of their closest friends violently kidnapped by two coal miners. Carpenter's marital scheme turned out to be more successful than even he had hoped and had a surprising twist some forty years later.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 7/23/2011

    " A little circuitous in the story telling, but interesting nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Petex4 | 7/23/2011

    " I always enjoy stories of unconventional women. However, this is not exactly a pioneer story. These women arrived after electricity and automobiles. Not that they didn't go through some hardships, it just wasn't what I was expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mrs. Somers | 7/22/2011

    " This was a very interesting account of two school teachers in Colorado in the early 1900's. Ms. Wickendom clearly did her research on the subject matter. You get the feling that this telling of her grandmother's adventures was a real labor of love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 7/12/2011

    " Ros is my great grandmother and the author writes for the New Yorker so I had high hopes. It was really cool in that it was stories I had grown up hearing- especially the kidnapping and the snowy rides to school. But I was disappointed with the writing. Its a good story though. "

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