Below are links to websites of interest to Laura and David on their ranch in 1873.
Laura is a trained doctor, and David is a sheriff, rancher and former POW of the Civil War.
What was going on in the world when Laura left Ohio to travel to Texas and marry David? A lot.
1870’s Timeline: What books were out? What plays were being produced? What was new in science? What was making history?
Civil War Links
David was solider in the Confederate Army. He and his friend Bobby were taken prisoners of war and they spent the last few months of the war at Camp Douglas in Illinois.
Mail Order Brides
David placed an ad in the Matrimonial Gazette, which Laura answered. Mail order brides in the 19th century were very common. Laura was just one of thousands of women who went west looking for a husband, and David one of the men who married them.
Medicine in the 1800s
Laura learned to pratice medicine from her Uncle John, a physician and Union Army doctor. She never attended Medical School, but trained as an apprentice. This was a normal training for physicians during the 1800s. However, it was during the 1800s that medical schools were either opened to women or formed especially for the training of women in the medical field.
David is a rancher and the sheriff of Salvation, Texas, a fictious town near Bryan and College Station, home of Texas A&M University. Discover more about the area where Salvation is located:
The Texas Beyond History website incorporates virtual museum exhibits, resources for kids and teachers, a glossary, and a site search to improve public knowledge of Texas.
Laura took the railroad and stage coach from Colerain, Ohio to Salvation, Texas. Neither were very comfortable modes of travel.
Women of History
Laura was a woman before her time. She was a trained physician, who intended to practice once she reached her new home in Texas. David wasn’t so sure he wanted a wife with such an unusal female career, but like other women of history, she rarely listened when told no.