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by Martha Summerhayes
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Beecher reads the adventures of a nineteenth-century U.S. cavalry wife in the Old West with vigor and aplomb. Taking place first in Wyoming and then Arizona, this memoir describes in graphic detail the grim realities of life in Western forts; it was quite a shock for a New England Victorian lady. Beecher uses a consistent tone but varies pacing and volume when expressing Martha's fear, despair, and dismay. Braving Indian attacks; childbirth alone; and extreme heat, cold, and dirt, Martha remains upbeat, and Beecher's lilting presentation adds more charm to this oral history. Listeners will agree that it is too short. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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A customer, G. Shouse
When will you have other titles released? I find that I have a friend in the narrator and don't want her to stop.
In 1874 when Martha Dunham Summerhayes came as a bride from the coast of Nantucket to Fort Russell in Wyoming Territory, she learned the hard facts of army life at Forts Whipple, McDowell, Apache, Yuma, Lowell and a summer in Ehrenberg, all in Arizona. She also spent time in other parts of the country where Santa Fe was her favorite. Her enthralling story told by actress Jane Merrifield-Beecher, gives episodes of traveling the Colorado River, using the red river water for bathing, rearing a baby in the isolation of the forts without the amenities she was use to in Nantucket and surviving the desert heat. This is three hours abridged.
Recollections of life in the Old West Arizona by a "New England Woman" who becomes an Army officer's wife. Fascinating, funny, and touching.
About the Author
Beverly Van Horn is married, has three grown children and eight grandchildren. She was a journalist 30 years, having founded two weekly newspapers in Colorado; started an Indian gallery and boutique in Colorado and Tucson, which she sold after 14 years; and is now now producing womens diaries of the 1800's on audio cassettes.
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