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Another record of a dedicated couple living in primitive conditions in Alaska almost half a century ago. A spirited 18-year old, Clara Heintz of Los Angeles, in 1906 joined an admired friend of the family, an Episcopal missionary nurse in Alaska, as a temporary companion. She stayed more than thirty years. Completely inexperienced at the start, she soon learned enough to take twenty five stitches in the head of a wounded Indian, and enough about the Eskimos and Indians of Alaska to participate in their lives and introduce to them modern ways of health, hygiene and ethics. She married a young doctor sent to the mission, Grafton ""Happy"" Burke, and mothered a family. Although she loosened her ties with her sons by sending them to the mainland to school, neither she nor ""Hap"" could leave Alaska and the Alaskans. The book is written with charm and holding interest in the lovable people whose way of life was all their own.

Pub Date: March 24th, 1961
Publisher: Coward-McCann