For visitors to the Martin's Cove historic site in Wyoming, Patience Loader has become an icon of the disastrous winter entrapment of the Martin and Willie handcart companies. Her record of those events is important, but there is much else of interest in her autobiography. In fact, it is a bit unusual that someone such as her would have left such an engaging record of her life. The daughter of an English gardener, Patience Loader became a boarding house servant, domestic maid, and seamstress. Converted to Mormonism, she shipped with her parents to America. They joined the ill-fated Martin company, which because of poor planning and a late start west, was caught poorly prepared by severe high plains snowstorms in October and November 1856. The combined fatalities of the Martin and Willie companies made this the worst disaster in the history of overland travel. Patience's father was one of those who died. After reaching Utah, Patience took the unusual step for a Mormon of marrying a soldier, John Rozsa, stationed at Camp Floyd. The troops there had made up the Utah Expedition, sent to ensure federal authority over the Mormons. Rozsa was a Hungarian immigrant and Mormon convert. When the Utah troops were recalled for the Civil War, Patience accompanied her husband, as an army laundress, to Washington, D.C., running a boarding house while Rozsa fought. After the war, he died at Fort Leavenworth of consumption, and Patience returned alone to Utah, where she became a cook at a mining camp in American Fork Canyon. Her autobiography ends there in 1872, though she lived till 1922.
This vintage book contains a description the Vine hunt in Hannington, England. Hannington has been a popular location for fox hunting for centuries, and continues to host events each year. With historical information and details of notable people and events, this volume is highly recommended for those with an interest in the history of English fox hunting, and would make for a worthy addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: "Notices of Hunting in the Last Century", "Old Stories", "The Origin of the Vine Hunt", "The Hounds and Horses", "The Men", "William John Chute, Esq., of the Vine, M.P.", "The Vine Hunt, 1824 to 1834", "Mr. Warde's Hounds in the Craven Country", "Truman Villebois, Esq., and the H.H.", etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. This volume is being republished now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of fox hunting.
Old Plantation Days is a memoir in the form of a letter that Nancy Bostick writes reflecting on her life on a plantation and her marriage and parenthood afterward during the Civil War. Excerpt: The South as I knew it has disappeared; the New South has risen from its ashes, filled with the energetic spirit of a new age.
An array of stories-many funny, some educational, and a few inspirational-take readers through the evolution of middle-class American society from the years just after World War II until the Iraq War era.