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Below are links to websites of interest to Laura and David on their ranch in 1873.  Laura is a trained doctor, David is a sheriff, rancher and ex-POW of the Civil War.

The Wunderlich Farm
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Klein, Texas

The Wunderlich Farm
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Klein, Texas

Loom
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Wunderlich Farm - Klein, Texas

1800's
 
What was going on in the world when Laura left Ohio to travel to Texas and marry David?  A lot.
 
1870's Timeline - what books were out, what plays were produced, what was new in science and what was making history?
 

Civil War Links

David was solider in the Confederate Army.  He and his friend Bobby were taken prisoners of war and they spent the last few months of the war at Camp Douglas in Illinois.
 
 
 
 
TEXAS REGIMENTS AND UNITS IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY - http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/texmain.htm
 

Canning Station
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Wunderlich Farm

Sausage Maker
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Wunderlich Farm

Kitchen Utensils
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Wunderlich Farm

Mail Order Brides
 
David places an ad in the Matrimonial Gazette, which Laura answers.  Mail order brides in the 19th century were very common.  Laura was just one of thousands of women who went west looking for a husband and David one of the men who married them.
 
Here Comes the Bride - Cultural Context - http://www.kennesaw.edu/hss/wwork/Settlement/bride_cc.htm

Medicine in the 1800's
 
Laura learned to pratice medicine from her Uncle John, a physician and Union Army doctor. She never attended Medical School, but trained as an apprentice. This was a normal training for physicians during the 1800's. However, it was during the 1800's that medical schools were either opened to women or formed especially for the training of women in the medical field.
 
The History of Medicine 1800 – 1850
 
HIDDEN LEGACY: EARLY FEMALE PHYSICIANS IN ALABAMA
 
Jennie Kidd Gowanlock - first licensed female physician in Canada. http://www.rootsweb.com/~nwa/jennie.html
 

American Civil War Surgical Antiques -

http://www.braceface.com/medical/

 

Medical Education for Women, 1870 -

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1447078

The Wunderlich Farm
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Klein, Texas

Spinning Wheel
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The Wunderlich Farm - Klein, Texas

Haverster
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Wunderlick Farm

Salvation, Texas
 
David is a rancher and the sheriff of Salvation, Texas, a fictious town near Bryan and College Station -- home of Texas A&M University. 
 

Discover more about the area where Salvation is located:

http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/BB/hdb5.html
 

A short history of Tejas -

 
 

The Texas Beyond History website incorporates virtual museum exhibits, resources for kids and teachers. glossary, and site search to improve public knowledge of Texas -

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/

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Travel
 
Laura took the railroad and stage coach from Colerain, Ohio to Salvation, Texas.  Neither were very comfortable modes of travel.
 
 

Hints For The Traveler: Spit on the Leeward Side -

http://www.over-land.com/hints.html

Riding a Stage Coach: Advice from George Frederick Ruxton: 1847 -

http://www.over-land.com/ccride.html

Song of the Overland Stage Driver -

http://www.over-land.com/song.html

 

Women of History

Laura was a woman before her time.  She was a trained physician, who intended to practice once she reached her new home in Texas. David wasn't so sure he wanted a wife with such an unusal female career, but like other women of history, she rarely listened when told 'no.'
 
 Emily Geiger, "Teenage Revolutionary War Heroine" - A young spy for the U. S.
 
Jennie Kidd Gowanlock - first licensed female physician in Canada.

Jane Wilkinson Long, "Mother of Texas " - One of the first American women in Texas. http://www.historyswomen.com/earlyamerica/JaneWilkonson.html

 
 

When you speak your words echo only across the room
or down the hall.
But, when you write, your words echo down the ages. --Bud Gardner