By Luna Kellie
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Father and Uncle are going to the Republican (river) after a load of little trees to plant on the edge of the field. The place is much different than last year. When we came here first there was no house no barn no nothing and now one year a barn a house 50 acres of land broken and a well. How is the little one? It is snowing and blowing to the other side of Jordan. When it gets through we will go to work and I hope that [will be] soon. We have more snow now than we have had all winter. F. M. Sanford Page 4 My father had written that it would be a good plan to get hold of some more land than we could homestead and that the Union Pacific and B.
3). Kellie seldom sees herself in her world so sociologically. Yet her personal memoir illustrates a common pattern of rural living and female writing. To trace this pattern also requires an anthropological perspective broader than the in- Page xviii dividual life's circumstances. This entails stepping back to read the text as an insider's or native's record, freely given, of a changing sociohistorical process. The larger pattern and process governing this microworld is modernization. Therein, Luna Kellie becomes in important respects little different from the Native Americans, silver miners, and cowboys who were also witnesses to their own victimization by a worldwide process of incorporation and centralization.
M. Sanford Page 4 My father had written that it would be a good plan to get hold of some more land than we could homestead and that the Union Pacific and B. & M. P. every odd section (being 1/2 the land for 10 miles each side of their track) and the B. & M. lands had to begin outside of that and as he was near the edge we could buy land from either one and the land ticket, as it was called, would apply on the first payment on the land. P. [to] get the ticket to Grand Island and if on the B. & M.