Abbie B., age 22, Kansas


Yesterday we had a real wind storm. Had a blanket up at the door with sticks acrost it to keep it from blowing up all the time. When it was open great rolls of tumble weed would come in. What a house we had.

Mended a pair of pants, and vest for Philip and tried to read. Towards evening, a thunder storm came. Then it was as unpleasant as it could be. Cold wind and almost dark. This is the way some people live all winter. I have not wished myself else­where, for I want to see how it would be to live on the frontier in all seasons.

I was chilly, although dressed warm, and went to bed early to get warm.

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