Saturday, May 18, 2013

B67. Book Review: Letters from a Montana Sheep Man

Letters from a Montana Sheep Man: The true story of Isaac S. Schultz who survived the blizzards of 1886-87 - and why he went missing for 44 years  (Darlene Della Schneck, 2013)

A captivating biography told in actual letters written to, from, and about Isaac S. Schultz between 1880-1931. The very educated Isaac left his home in PA to seek his fortune in the wild west, but when financial disaster struck, ashamed of his perceived failure, he severed ties with his family, leaving them thinking for 44 years that he was dead. This page-turning volume is filled with adventures/descriptions of sheep farming, bears, cowboys, horse thieves, wild west entertainment, 1885 politics, wool trade, Miles City Montana, Thermopolis Wyoming, killing blizzards, and the story of the Schwenkfelder Church, all woven seamlessly into an emotional heart-tugging story of love and forever family ties.

An intriguing and fast read, written in folksy and colorful language, I couldn't put it down. Filled with photos and excellently edited, highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in our nation's Wild West past.

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