Dear Editor and Friends: Letters from Rural Women of the by Norah L. Lewis

By Norah L. Lewis

How did ladies within the early 20th century, newly arrived in North-West Canada, do something about their unusual new lives — so very diverse from the lives they used to steer? How did they see themselves and their position in frontier existence?

within the early 20th century, drawn west through the promise of unfastened land, fiscal luck or non secular and political freedom, ladies moved from japanese Canada and in a foreign country to farms and ranches in North-West Canada. they found that it was once now not the utopia touted via executive propaganda or land brokers. in addition they came across that there has been a decide upon yet varied workforce of rural girls who shared their universal stories of isolation, of exertions and responsibility, of poverty and forget. yet, extra importantly, they shared wisdom of independence and self-reliance and of satisfaction in what they'd entire.

via letters written to the women’s pages in agricultural newspapers, they solid a necessary community that supported, inspired and trained ladies in how one can increase their rural lives. Their letters convey how those rural girls made major and very important contributions to the cost and improvement of the Canadian North-West.

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I want to assure her that all Canadians of English birth are not so deficient in fine, right feeling. In our Good Company, at least, the same cordial welcome is extended to Scandinavian members as to the English, Irish or Scotch. I hope others as well as Doris will bear out what I say by sending some proof of friendly feeling to Sour Grapes. I shall always be pleased to hear from her. GOOD COMPANY, Family Herald and Weekly Star March 26, 1902 Dear Hostess: I have been thinking that some of the readers would be wondering what a cowgirl is.

All the teachers, except the principal board at the same place, just a few steps 46 1906 ~~ Letters from the school house. Still it has its soul trials. It is better than supporting yourself and a man, however, so I say, unless you marry for love, and a man who is able to support you, stay with it, but stay single. YOUNG SCHOOLMA'AM PRIM ROSE AT HOME, Family Herald and Weekly Star March 21, 1906 A HAPPY WESTERN TEACHER Dear Prim Rose: I think Wrathy Spinster had been unfortunate in choice of locality.

Dear Hostess: Will you kindly send me two or three addresses of people living in either Manitoba, Assiniboia, or Alberta, to whom we could send partly worn clothing or stockings. We have a quantity of such articles which could be cut down and made over for children. If the people whose addresses 25 Dear Editor and Friends ~ 1900 you send are too poor to pay carriage, please let me know, also the number of persons in the families. I am now very sorry we had not thought of doing this before. It seems an excellent plan.

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