Rachel Calof 's Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains

Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1995. Reprint. Later printer. Trade paperback. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 176 p. Illustrations, black & white. Index. From an on-line posting: "Rachel Calof was born in Russia in 1876. Rachel's mother died when she was quite young, and she and her siblings were mistreated by an uncaring housekeeper and stepmother. Then her own father deserted them. At 18 years old, and without a dowry, Rachel was sent to America as a mail-order-bride for a young man named Abraham Calof. Rachel first landed in New York. From there, she and Abraham journeyed to join his family already living on homesteads in North Dakota. They arrived in Devil's Lake in 1894. Rachel's memoir highlights her growing regard for her husband and her own struggle in adapting to the difficult conditions in which found herself. The early years were especially difficult no privacy, extreme financial hardship, minimum fuel and food to get through the harsh winters. The Calofs went on to raise seven children and eventually were successful in their pioneering life. During the holidays the Calofs' home became the center for Jewish families from all over the state. Rachel Calof died in Seattle, Washington, circa 1954." Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Rachel Bell Calof, Yiddish, Collective History, Elizabeth Jameson, Agriculture, Immigrants, Homestead, Ethnic Groups, Kosher, Zaslavsky

ISBN: 9780253209863

[Book #68521]

Price: $25.00

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