Life wasn't always rough for these pioneering women. Their submissive, kind, and quiet demeanor helped them overcome situations that would perhaps today be recognized as racially marginalizing. Several of them grabbed the county by the horns and tamed it. None sat by and allowed life to happen around them as much as they constructed their lives the way they understood would be the best path for their growing families.
What their lives were like, their adaptation to that sometimes kind, often mean, always rugged social environment, is the subject of the content in this section.