"It was July of 1861 and Pap had just finished reading the dirty and scribbled note thrown through our parlor window tied to a rock. It read:
|A Creek in the Woods by Asher B.Durand|
|Hip-Hip_huray by Peder Severin Kroyer|
(Taken from Chapter One of SERENIA'S KANZAS)
|Albert Bierstadt's Buffalo Crossing at Sunset|
"Between illness, new infants and the inclement weather typical of the Ellsworth, Kansas area in both winter and summer, the family struggles but perseveres midst Indian raids and cattle herds which take out their cropland and fences."