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Nothing Daunted - The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

Dorothy Wickenden

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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. In their buoyant letters home, the two women captured the voices and stories of the pioneer women, the children, and the other memorable people they got to know. Nearly a hundred years later, New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden-the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff-found th

Language:

English

Narrators:

Margaret Nichols

Length:

8h 4m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:58


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

26:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:43