Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood were from the East Coast, they came from good
families, well-off, living in Auburn New York, a wealthy enclave in the Finger
Lakes District. The young women were
bored, and wanted an adventure before settling down. Ferry Carpenter from Colorado offered just
such an opportunity: in 1916 they would go west to teach school for a while
before returning to their rather cushy lives.
They never went back. Arriving in
the west, they rather expected to find hicks.
Instead they found people they respected, a rugged but rich life, and a
place to call home. They rode to school on horseback, looked in amazement at
the Colorado landscape, and became part of the community. This book is rich in detail on the lives of
settlers in Colorado. If you like
history and intrepid women, it is a feast.
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“This is the biography of two spunky young Smith graduates who, in the early part of the last century, bucked the trend and society's expectations and hired on as school teachers in a remote area of Colorado. The history and period detail is compelling and brings to life the hardships and courage of the Colorado settlers and the bright and brave spirits of Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood. I wish I'd known them!”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
The acclaimed and captivating true story of two restless society girls who left their affluent lives to "rough it" as teachers in the wilds of Colorado in 1916.