The book is an accumulation of 200 plus transcribed original letters and personal diaries, dated 1877 to 1898. It starts out with Sarah and her cousin writing to each other as teenagers. The letters tell how vivacious, carefree, unburdened with no concerns and responsibilities. They are typically teenagers talking about their parties, boys, clothes, books and their weight. You can feel them brimming with energy and their enthusiasm for life. The book follows the wagon train journey that Sarah's family made from North Branch, Kansas to Woodland, idaho. It is like a personal diary of every day life of that time period. From the dust storms of Kansas through the hardships of bad crops, no work and the influence of the Quakers as they moved west. Sarah's father and uncle were United Brethren preachers who traveled the back roads spreading the work of the Lord to the people in Kansas. The letters describe their everyday hardships. It was a hard life, especially for the women of that time, and you will read how very emotional they become. The book includes a map of the wagon train trip in 1895, a summary of letters by dates and a geneology chart of the people in the book. At the end of the book you will find two diaries written by the girls coming over on the wagon train and several short stories and other documents relating to that time.
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I was raised in Orofino, ID and moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was 20 years old. While raising my family in Southern California I returned home every year and spent many hours discussing the family history and Sarah's letters with my mom. when I retired I decided I needed to finish the long over due project, the box of letters from Sarah that had been saved for four generations needed to be told. In 2004 I started transcribing the original letters and finished them in 2008.Review:
A different time and a different era. Tales from Sarah's Shoebox is a transcription of the day to day life of a woman in the late nineteenth century heading out westward towards Idaho. Letting readers into the personal life of a woman during this bygone age, author Donna Utter offers a snapshot of a time long past. Tales from Sarah's Shoebox is a fascinating read of the common person of more than a century ago. This review will remain on The Midwest Book Review website for the next five years. --The Midwest Book Review April 2009
The original letters from the book have been donated to The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA where they are reviewing and catagorizing the letters. --Donna Utter
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Book Description Donna Utter, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Donna Utter (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0692004238
Book Description Donna Utter, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110692004238
Book Description Donna Utter, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 587 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.20 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0692004238