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Excerpts from a Pioneer Woman's Diary
by Carole Mathys

Monday, January 24, 2005
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Passages from a diary found in my Grandmother's trunk...I put them in this form...and filled in missing pages.

~ Excerpts from a Pioneer Woman's Diary ~

trudging behind the loaded wagon
we have come about 12 miles in a heavy fog
the girls collected grass and weeds for a fire
camping in the open prairie without any wood
cooking the last of our meat before we retire

we passed many new graves before daylight
measles and cholera have taken so many lives

we have seen more and more Indians today
there is a river ahead, we pray it won't be long
hoping the Indians don't come our way
we need water, the animals are weak, ours is gone

it rained and snowed as we started this morning
we have a dangerous trip around the falls today

I carry my babe and take the lead
another child is in front of me
the other younger ones following
through snow, mud and water to my knees

my children gave out with cold and fatigue
the oxen had to carry them to camp, near a tree

I was so cold and numb, feet tired and sore
so many days on the trail, fatigue overtakes us all
there is not a dry thread on one of us
not even on the babe, and still the rains fall

by late fall we reached Portland, and it is still raining
found a small leaky concern with two other families

the men carried in my sick husband
he is burning with fever and has great pain
I have not undressed to lie down for six weeks
besides all of our sickness everything leaks
it seems like it will never stop, so much rain

today we buried my earthly companion, my spirit is low
now I know what none....but widows know

that is how comfortless with no money or friends
is that of a widow's fate
when left in a strange land
with seven children --- soon there will be eight

(c) January 24, 2005
by:  Carole Mathys







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Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 2/6/2005

Such a Beautiful Poem Carole,
They were strong and enduring people. I was taking a drive the other day and was thinking about their strength and theur courage endurance and will. They are so strong and courageous. Thank You for this. This really takes all wonders and fills in the real trials that they went through for me and for all of us here out west and all throughout this land of ours. I ADMIRE THEM totally. This is so sad but Thank You So Very Much
Love Tracey xoox
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/27/2005

Masterfully crafted and imaged to poetic excellence ... stunning work!!

Best to you,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/26/2005

A moving diary, captured so clearly one experiences her poem. EXCELLENT!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 1/26/2005
Fascinating and exceptionally well done, enthralling to read, felt as if I was there!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/25/2005
A history lesson in poetry. What more can one ask for? Thank you for this, Carole. Love and peace.

Reviewed by Chanti Niven 1/25/2005
Dear Carole,
Thank you for sharing this piece of history with us. It is beautifully written and a fascinating read. Thank you!
Love Chanti
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/25/2005
beautiful yet powerful write, carole; i loved it! brava!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by E. Richardson 1/25/2005
very well done...grand slices of history here.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/25/2005
The pioneers did have it rough and they also had to depend on each other to survive. Today when people complain about their lack of this or that they should remember these times.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/25/2005
Powerful but yet beautiful write Carole!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by jude forese 1/25/2005
through these passages you have shown the heartache and will of an early pioneer ...
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/25/2005
Powerful write, it must be fascianting reading the Diary, I love to read about the passed, only wish Nonna had kept a journal I could cherish those forever.
God Bless
Michelle R Kidwell!
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