By Sharon Niederman
Traditionally, the Southwest has attracted individuals with yearnings for freedom and experience, those who outline themselves as contributors. not like their husbands and brothers, girls within the Southwest didn't, for the main half, subdue and tame the land; yet their personality and individuality have been manifested as they lived with and stronger upon stipulations as they discovered them. Their fascination with their lifestyle and the necessity for self-expression led them to jot down in their reports, offering them with an inventive outlet and providing those that got here later a different window into the prior. "A duvet of phrases" gained the Border neighborhood Library organization 1989 Southwest ebook Award for literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural historical past of the Southwest. It was once additionally provided the nationwide Federation of Press ladies first prize for heritage in 1989.
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Twice during the trip Indians were determined that my father should trade my mother for some of their ponies. The last time they were inclined to be rather ugly about it and father had quite a time with them. We arrived in Denver May 18, 1860, just a year and a day after my father's first arrival. We rented a house of four rooms situated at what is now Fourteenth and Lawrence streets. This house was built of rough boards, with no paint, and with most of the windows covered with white muslin. It was called Denver House after General Denver.
We made the town of Hamilton, in South Park, the first day, and then started over Boreas Pass, leaving Hamilton about 11 or 12 o'clock at night when there was crust on the snow so that we might walk over it. In January, 1873 I was married to Charles A. Finding and the next year was the last we were compelled to walk over the range. We carried our little baby in our arms a distance of fifteen miles. Going back in our story to the year 1867, we made a short trip East. We took with us an Indian chief's jacket that had a fringe of two hundred and four human scalps.
The following anecdote is very amusing. General Sheridan was rather short, not good looking, nor of a commanding personality like General Sherman, and he was always accompanied by a very tall, handsome orderly who walked a few steps behind him. " With a faint smile he quickly replied, "My dear Mrs. Spiegelberg, who do you think would take notice of me Page 30 if I were not accompanied by my tall handsome orderly? " During the late seventies and early eighties Santa Fe could boast of many prominent and distinguished men in military as well as civil life.