The men and women who settled the frontier faced many hardships.
Women on the frontier sometimes worked side by side with men in the hard
farm work. Women often helped with the harvest
and on the frontier they would know how to drive a team
In addition, women made clothing, sewed
quilts, cooked the food
for the family and tended large gardens.
John and Sarah Kenyon settled in eastern Iowa in 1856. They wrote many
letters to their relatives back in Rhode Island. They told about what
it was like to farm in the new state of Iowa.
One of their letters described a problem
that many pioneer farmers feared - .
Read more about prairie fires.
Life as a Pioneer Continued...