Gleanings From Western Prairies

Gleanings From Western Prairies

Gleanings From Western PrairiesWillie Woodhouse is a well-traveled Englishman who has journeyed all the way to Kansas to taste the frontier life of a ranching friend near the Osage Catholic Mission in the southeastern corner of the new state. Although resolved to give the experience an honest try, he is still somewhat taken aback at the unaccustomed roughness around him:

“Are these my neighbours and friends?” soliloquised Woodhouse. “What can I do for them in these months to come?”

Woodhouse spends time learning about pioneer life, frontier justice, and the Osage Mission before an epidemic strikes and he finds the way in which he can be useful.

The characters and storyline of Gleanings from Western Prairies by the Reverend W. E. Youngman are engaging, if the denouement is rather weak. However, the book has primarily been included here for its faithful account of early settlement in Kansas. Readers will learn as much as Woodhouse did about Indians and ranchers, and will see how the Osage Mission made the transition from serving the natives to educating the white settlers.

If you are looking for a time capsule of early southeastern Kansas, you may find Gleanings from Western Prairies to be an interesting presentation of the hardships that the settlers faced. And it is available free online!

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Motivated by her experience growing up on a small farm near Wichita, Kansas, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to supply Kansas country living enthusiasts with the innovative resources that they need to succeed and has now been keeping families informed and inspired for over five years. Michelle is the author of three country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching, writing, or living out the country dream.