Pioneer Women Heading West
By Elise Skarda
A woman's job would not stop once their traveling did. Winter was coming fast, and families needed a warm house, so many a wife was forced to take up an ax alongside their husbands. After the house was built and the family had made it through the winter, the task of planting a garden fell to the women. Their light gardening out east had not prepared them to grow their own food, and they were forced to learn heavy-duty gardening techniques quickly. Despite the hardships, most women said that if they were given the chance to travel West again, they would do it because in the end, it was worth tear shed.