HOMESTEAD ON THE KOOTENAI by Jacoba Boothman Brad

HOMESTEAD ON THE KOOTENAI

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There is singularly little pioneer source material on this particular segment of the Pacific Northwest- Libby, Montana, on the Kootenai River. Jacoba Boothman Brad came from Holland originally- and has raised a family of ten children in the region to which she was brought as a bride. This is her story. It is not an inspired piece of writing, but it is sincere and honest in its portrayal of the cycle of life:- getting to know the new neighbors and the settlement, planting the crops, sharing with her growing family experiences with the wild life, celebrating holidays in rural fashion, fighting the rising waters of the river, winning over the wilds to civilization. She has lost two husbands in this more than half a century. And she has witnessed many changes. This recall -- illustrated with photographs provided by the Libby Pioneer Society and others- makes a contribution to the annals of homesteading. But one feels that more professional editing of the material might have given it that added spark that would rescue it from the perils of oblivion.

Publisher: Caxton