Born in 1851 into a Schwenkfelder farming family in eastern Pennsylvania, the studious Isaac S. Schultz attended both Ursinus College and Dartmouth College in the early 1870s. Ambitious and restless, he then set out to seek his fortune in the West, ending up in the Montana Territory as a sheep rancher. However, his dream of striking it rich was cruelly crushed by the terrible winter storms of 1886-87 (known as the "big die-up") which killed most of his sheep. Alone, devastated and not wishing to admit failure to his family back east, the 36-year-old sheep rancher chose to disappear for the rest of his life. When he was 79 years old and in failing health, Isaac's wife devised a scheme that would finally reunite him with his astonished relatives. From the Wild West of the 1880s to the rural farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania during the Great Depression, "Letters From a Montana Sheep Man" is a heartbreaking tale of one family's race against time to find each other again before it is too late. Includes 67 letters written in 1880-87 and 1931, and lavishly illustrated in color with 72 historical and family photographs, letters, maps, and illustrations.
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Darlene Schneck is an eighth-generation Schneck from Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, now living in Staunton, Virginia. She is a freelance book designer and a manager at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. A graduate of Kutztown University’s communication design program, Darlene spent 25 years working in book publishing with Rodale, Inc. in Emmaus, Pennsylvania as a book designer and the Managing Art Director of Books. She is the granddaughter of the late Della Shultz Geissinger (1895-1978), Isaac’s niece.Review:
"Staunton resident Darlene Della Schneck has delved into her family's history to share an amazing story....Schneck meticulously gathered information from distant relatives, libraries, and universities, and transcribed letters to relate this fascinating saga." -The News Leader, Staunton, Virginia
"The letters weave a tale of a man lost and then found, surrounded in the end by the love of his Schwenkfelder family....The book should be of interest to people who like a positive outcome of what appeared to be a 44 year-old mystery of a missing brother far away." -Pennsylvania Magazine
"A scholarly scrapbook...interspersed throughout are excellent photographs and copious footnotes...Schneck deftly demonstrates how the stories of ordinary men and women are the flesh and bones of western history." -Aaron Parrett, Montana The Magazine of Western History
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 178 pages. 10.00x7.00x0.42 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1484861728