Challenge and Beyond
By Esther M. Voegele Williams
EMW Press, Elk Grove, California, 2004, 180 pages, softcover
The author writes in her Preface: "This is for the children of
the Prairie and their experiences of making do what was not readily
available to them. Their daily adventures and hardship living on the
prairie. Their hard work and country schools, their play time, and
how they entertained themselves. Dedicated especially to the Germans
from Russia, who came here with high hopes and were the major settlers
in the Dakotas and surrounding areas."
Prairie Challenge and Beyond, covers the story of a young lady whose
parents were immigrants from Russia but were of German decent. She
came from a very large family.
The story depicts the struggles and good times of a child and the
hardships she faced during the depression and the dust storms areas,
working her way through high school with very little help from her
It covers what prairie life was about, the work routine, summer
or winter, the difficulty transporting to school, either by foot
or a horse and buggy. The ingenious ways these children entertained
themselves without a lot of toys, and their humorous ways in their
enterprising episodes and much more.
It makes a good comparison as to how times have changed and to the
children living at this age.
Esther M. Vogele Williams was born on the Dakota Prairie, and is
a graduate of Roscoe High School, Roscoe, SD, in 1938. She attended
Webster Business College in Los Angeles. She sang professionally
for a while. She is the author of Katrina's Garden of Hope, about
the Germans from Russia who settled in the Dakotas in the early
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