People of IPR
Talk of Iowa
Thu September 19, 2013
"Almost Pioneers: One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West"
In the fall of 1913, Laura and Earle Smith, a young Iowa couple from Moravia, made the gutsy decision to homestead in Wyoming. After four years of frustration, the Smiths moved back to Iowa and stayed put. Years later Laura wrote a vivid and self-depracating memioir of their time in Wyoming. Scholar John Fry discovered the manuscript, never before published, in the Women's Archives at the University of Iowa. Now, Laura's memoir has been published, titled "Almost Pioneers: One Couple's Homesteading Adventure in the West," edited by Fry. We'll talk to Fry and also Karen Mason of the Iowa Women's Archives in Iowa City.