American Westward Settlement

Polly Kent Rides West
On April 5, 1849 a wagon train is ready to leave Rock Island, Illinois, heading for California in search of gold. Among these hopeful pioneers—but ostracized because the train will take no women—is a young woman from Wabash River, below Terre Haute, traveling alone with her own light wagon. Polly...Read more
The Lost Wagon
For years, Joe Tower has worked in servitude in the Missouri farm country—first for five years to his grudging father-in-law; then as a hired man working to save a little for his own place; and now in the 1850’s on a small farm owned more by the bank than by him. When he catches a glimpse of...Read more
Galewood Crossing
Just before warmhearted tomboy Tildy and her family—Mr. and Mrs. Gale, two older brothers and two older sisters and young Tommy—leave their home in Ohio for a tiny new settlement in the wilds of Wisconsin, Grandma says: “Lots of times, Tildy, things won’t seem very cheerful—they’ll seem pretty hard...Read more
Long Rifle Vanguard
E.H.Staffelbach’s third book in this series concerned the pioneer expedition to Oregon of 1832. His second, using several of the same characters, concentrated on the struggle to bring Texas into the Union. In this third and final book he returns to Oregon: it is spring 1843 and preparations are...Read more
Wisconsin farm life in the Latsch Valley of the 1930’s comes alive through the eyes of imaginative Anna Rose—a five-year-old girl who can’t wait to catch up with her four older siblings. While Anna Rose impatiently waits for the longed-for start of school, her days are filled with family work—...Read more
Winding Valley Farm
Life for six-year-old Annie Dorawa on Winding Valley Farm—just down the road from the Pellowskis’ “first farm in the valley”—is busy and happy. Then one day, Annie hears her father speak about not planting that year, but instead moving into town. Is it really possible that they might leave their...Read more
First Farm in the Valley
Six-year-old Anna Pellowski’s older siblings, Jacob, Franciszek, Barney, Mary and Pauline are exposed to English at school, but only Polish is spoken at home. The younger children—Anna, Julian, Anton barely know a word of their new country’s language, but then neither do many of their neighbors...Read more