Phoebe Goodell Judson, the author of this book, is an Oregon Trail pioneer. Though all the events described happen to both her and her husband, it is told from the woman's perspective. She tells the story of their arduous journey across the Oregon Trail and all the hardships they faced. The rest of the story tells about their settlement in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. She describes her personal sympathetic relationship with the local Indians. She talks about raising her children in the wilderness and how she ends up adopting various orphans. She tells about how she and her husband basically found a town, where he becomes the first postmaster and later the mayor. The story is told from her marriage at 17 to 93, one year before she died. It is an interesting story of the pioneer spirit and how people of that era are much tougher than we are today.
This report prepared by BethG