Life for women on the plains was not easy!
Single women comprised a minimum of ten percent of the population who took up the offer by the US Government for the Homestead Acts of the mid 19th to the early 20th century. They confronted many physical and emotional hardships, as well as danger. They endured drought and heat, frigid winters, crop failures, accidents, marauding animals, unannounced and sometimes uninvited visits from strange men, and all too often, they faced discrimination.
Unlike some of her male counterparts who started claims and brought their wives and children as helpers, single women were required to give proof that they were widowed, divorced or had not married in order to acquire land. Still they “proved up” more than men.
Read a the web pages of history of just one immigrant group – Germans from Russia