In 1916, two restless society girls from Auburn, New York (one of them, Dorothy Wickenden’s grandmother) headed out to the Rockies in Northwestern Colorado to teach in a new schoolhouse. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood went to grade school and Smith College together, spent eight months on a grand tour of Europe in 1910 and, bored with formal luncheons and chaperoned balls, not yet ready for marriage, they answered an ad for schoolteachers. They travelled by train to Denver, and then rode horses for three days up to the remote school where their students, the children of homesteaders, came to school in rags and bare feet.
Nearly 100 years later, New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden came across the extraordinarily detailed letters these two women wrote to their families from Eklhead—about their teaching, the friends they made, the idiosyncratic characters they met, and their adventures throughout the county.
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West (Scribner, Hardcover: 9781439176580, eBook: 9781439176603) is available now!