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Dakota Datebook: Widows go West, Beauty Shop Bill

Widows go West

Horace Greeley encouraged more than just young men to go west. "Young men! Poor men! Widows!" he said. "Resolve to have a home of your own! If you are able to buy and pay for one in the East, very well; if not, make one in the broad and fertile West!"

In her book, "Land in Her Own Name," NDSU Professor of Sociology Elaine Lindgren describes hundreds of women who followed Greeley's c...