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Letters of Long Ago by [Reid, Agnes Just, Just, Rick, Reid, Douglass, Bennett, Mabel]
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One of her most embarrassing times was the day she set out to drown the children. The dust cloud kicked up byshe was certainNez Perce warriors, turned out to be the signature of her husband's horse's hooves. When he found his family on the banks of the Blackfoot River, preparing for an eternal swim, Nels was understandably upset.

Most women of her era would have kept this episode of paranoia to themselves. They most certainly would have kept it from their children. Because Emma candidly shared her stories with her daughter, we now have a better understanding of what life was like in Idaho Territory, not just on the windswept plains, but in the heart of a woman.

Divorced from a scoundrel who she, never-the-less, still loved and with an infant boy to raise, Emma's situation seemed hopeless. Then along came a young Dane named Nels. He did not offer much: living in a hole in a river bank with a buffalo robe for a door. Still, it seemed a chance worth taking.

And so their story began with a marriage of convenience, if not desperation. Emma followed her new husband to a secluded valley along the Blackfoot River in 1870 where she would raise sons and bury daughters. Nels would go on to be a leading figure in Idaho, a canal builder, a banker and a farmer. Emma would be a mother to four boys and, at last, one girl. She would be the star witness in a sensational trial about a religious war that echoes eerily today in incidents like Waco and Jonestown. Mostly she was a proud, brave woman who survived lonely, heartbreaking years before civilization crept into the West.

Emma told her story to daughter Agnes, who set it down as a series of letters, each of which Emma approved as it came out of the typewriter. The resulting book was first published in 1923. It was on the press the day Emma died.

Letters of Long ago is a haunting, often heart-breaking book you will not soon forget. -- Book Description

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One of her most embarrassing times was the day she set out to drown the children. The dust cloud kicked up by--she was certain--Nez Perce warriors, turned out to be the signature of her husband's horse's hooves. When he found his family on the banks of the Blackfoot River, preparing for an eternal swim, Nels was understandably upset.

Most women of her era would have kept this episode of paranoia to themselves. They most certainly would have kept it from their children. Because Emma candidly shared her stories with her daughter, we now have a better understanding of what life was like in Idaho Territory, not just on the windswept plains, but in the heart of a woman.

Divorced from a scoundrel who she, never-the-less, still loved and with an infant boy to raise, Emma's situation seemed hopeless. Then along came a young Dane named Nels. He did not offer much: living in a hole in a river bank with a buffalo robe for a door. Still, it seemed a chance worth taking.

And so their story began with a marriage of convenience, if not desperation. Emma followed her new husband to a secluded valley along the Blackfoot River in 1870 where she would raise sons and bury daughters. Nels would go on to be a leading figure in Idaho, a canal builder, a banker and a farmer. Emma would be a mother to four boys and, at last, one girl. She would be the star witness in a sensational trial about a religious war that echoes eerily today in incidents like Waco and Jonestown. Mostly she was a proud, brave woman who survived lonely, heartbreaking years before civilization crept into the West.

Emma told her story to daughter Agnes, who set it down as a series of letters, each of which Emma approved as it came out of the typewriter. The resulting book was first published in 1923. It was on the press the day Emma died.

Letters of Long ago is a haunting, often heart-breaking book you will not soon forget.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1284 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 096535394X
  • Publisher: Cedar Creek Press; Fourth edition (Aug. 1 1997)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BNL3HI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By A Customer on Feb. 16 2001
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Written by the daughter of Emma Just, who is the central figure of this book first published in the early 20's. The book gives a factual account of the very interesting and often difficult life of a pioneer woman in the late 1800's. For anybody who is interested in history, especially from a woman's point of view, this is a fascinating look into what life was really like for those who chose to brave a new and untamed frontier. It chronicles the not so average existence of an incredibly courageous woman across the span of two decades. The "plot" is interesting and well written, giving the reader an honest look at pioneer life from Emma's correspondence to father... through her own letters of long ago.
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Letters of long ago gives a sometimes harshly honest look at frontier life from a woman's perspective. It chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of Emma Thompson Just in the desolate and isolated west. First hand accounts of a woman's life in the frontier are uncommon and this is a book that gives an entertaining and very real look at the simple yet difficult life of a pioneer wife.
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Letters of long ago gives a sometimes harshly honest look at frontier life from a woman's perspective. It chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of Emma Thompson Just in the desolate and isolated west. First hand accounts of a woman's life in the frontier are uncommon and this is a book that gives an entertaining and very real look at the simple yet difficult life of a pioneer wife.
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A very sweet book. The heroine would be thought of as quite a modern women even today, but she lived in the late 1800s. Heartbreaking at times. You'll never forget the decision she made when the Nez Perce were coming-At least, she thought they were!
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HASH(0xa4df4ea0) out of 5 stars A fascinating and honest perspective of frontier life Dec 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Letters of long ago gives a sometimes harshly honest look at frontier life from a woman's perspective. It chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of Emma Thompson Just in the desolate and isolated west. First hand accounts of a woman's life in the frontier are uncommon and this is a book that gives an entertaining and very real look at the simple yet difficult life of a pioneer wife.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa524f5dc) out of 5 stars Fascinating and factual Feb. 16 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by the daughter of Emma Just, who is the central figure of this book first published in the early 20's. The book gives a factual account of the very interesting and often difficult life of a pioneer woman in the late 1800's. For anybody who is interested in history, especially from a woman's point of view, this is a fascinating look into what life was really like for those who chose to brave a new and untamed frontier. It chronicles the not so average existence of an incredibly courageous woman across the span of two decades. The "plot" is interesting and well written, giving the reader an honest look at pioneer life from Emma's correspondence to father... through her own letters of long ago.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4df4ba0) out of 5 stars Letters of Long Ago Oct. 12 2013
By Phyllis H. Pajka - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book a lot. I have always been interested in how people survived settling in new territory. These letters give you a good idea how hard the life was and how fragile life could be. It's a very good read.
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HASH(0xa55c63c0) out of 5 stars Very interesting reading Oct. 9 2013
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Really enjoyed reading Emma's letters to her father. My family homesteaded in Oklahoma at about the same time so they had about the same problems. Winters were not as rough.
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HASH(0xa5126978) out of 5 stars A fascinating and honest perspective of frontier life Dec 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Letters of long ago gives a sometimes harshly honest look at frontier life from a woman's perspective. It chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of Emma Thompson Just in the desolate and isolated west. First hand accounts of a woman's life in the frontier are uncommon and this is a book that gives an entertaining and very real look at the simple yet difficult life of a pioneer wife.