Wilderness Homestead by Helga Gilbertson Rostvit and Ellen Skoglie Gilbertson
A true story of a Scandinavian pioneer family in Minnesota.
The passing of the Homestead Act in 1862, which granted 160 acres of land free to those who would become citizens, and who were willing to undergo hardships to settle in untamed frontiers, brought a flood of immigrants to America. In the heavily forested wilderness of northern Minnesota, the immigrants persevered tirelessly to develop their own homesteads. The rigors of pioneer life, with its challenges, its joys, and its heart-rending tragedies are recollected here by the children of some of those early settlers.