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Short, matter of fact, and shocking.,
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This review is from: Across The Plains In 1844 (Kindle Edition)
This is only 80 pages long, this is a true story, and an indispensable piece of the history of the old West. Her father, a successful store owner and blacksmith, decided to sell up and take his young family across the West to Oregon, being sold to everyone at the time as the land of wealth and riches.
Buying a Prairie Schooner and oxen, he, his pregnant wife, and family (all under 10) set off on the trip in high hopes of a great future, and what starts of as a great family adventure quickly becomes a dark tale of survival of the fittest.
Catherine attempted to jump on the wagon as it was moving, catching her long dress in an axle,dragging her down under the wheel giving her a compound fracture of the leg. A few weeks later, her father died, leaving their mother to run everything - some weeks later her mother then dies after a short illness, and the young orphans are looked after by the rest of the wagon train until they reach the Whitman Mission station.
The Whitmans serve as missionaries to the Cayuse tribe who live about the settlement. They take in the children as their own, and all goes well, until......
You need to read this yourself to find out exactly what happened to Catherine subsequently, how she coped with what happened around here beggars belief.
Read this short book, marvel in her fortitude, and be happy with what you have at home, these were truly awful times.
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