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May: The Hard-Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton

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An adventurous single woman who knew how to cook, twenty-three-year-old May Arkwright moved — alone — to the remote valleys of northern Idaho in 1883. She opened a one-table restaurant for the silver prospectors near Wallace, serving her homemade berry pies and hot dishes. Before long, she was a well-known part of the fledgling mining district.
May, a large, outspoken woman
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by TwoDot
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy read and entertaining. The local connection added to it a lot, as my office is in the Paulsen building kitty corner to the Hutton Building. Along with various trips thru Wallace to ride the Hiawatha trail. Can't help but wonder if/how the trail connects to Al's train route.
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Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A Wonderful Rags to Riches Historical Love Story … This is a beautifully constructed biography of a wonderful historical character of the inland Pacific Northwest from the late 1800s and early 1900s. May Arkwright Hutton’s life is a rags to riches story which details how she and her husband, Al, literally struck it rich years after investing in and working a small mining claim. The book includes a fascinating history of mining in the Silver Valley of Northern Idaho and the early towns of Wallace ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I had a special interest in reading it because it takes place in Wallace, ID and Spokane, WA. The book is written in novel form so it is enjoyable to read. I came to love May and her spunk. She was outspoken, flamboyant and looked down on by the "proper" women of town. She had a serving heart and grit to survive. Her and her husband were very generous when they had nothing and when they struck it rich. Their legacy continues on in Spokane.
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This 200 page book had all the facts, was positive, as was May Arkwright Hutton. Author wrote in a style very readable for students, when compared with Liberated woman by Montgomery, it didnt have all the quotes, but her spirit was there. What a inspiratiom and wonder for North Idaho and Spokane history.
June Sadlick
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
great read. I can't imagine living during such difficult times. after visiting Wallace Idaho this summer I had to read about May.
Pat Partovi
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I found this book quite interesting since it covers a lot of history of my local area and May Arkwright Hutton is a fascinating character who had a significant impact on women's voting rights and local charities. I was disappointed in the writing style, though, and frequently found the dialog trite. The book would have been better written as a biography instead of a fictionalized version of her life.
Courtney Oppel
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspiring story of a strong, honest woman who followed her heart to the West, never flinched from hard work, and left behind a legacy of compassion. O'Brien is a wonderful writer who binds together the sparse bits and pieces of history and tells a compelling, multi-faceted story.
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