Oh, Those Sassy Pioneer Girls
A woman doctor from South Dakota by the name of Abbie Jarvis is one fascinating female. I’ll tell her whole story one day, I think, but today I wanted to share a funny little snippet of her life with you.
Dr. Jarvis often rode all over the country alone in her little doctor’s buggy. Late one afternoon, riding into the sun, she and her horse didn’t see a new barbed wire fence some plucky rancher had strung across the road. Horse, buggy and Dr. Jarvis hit the fence and went flying in separate directions. After shaking it off and assuring herself she wasn’t dying, she rounded up the horse and buggy and rode to the nearest point of light–a one-room, sod-roof cabin. A man answered the door and Dr. Jarvis explained the situation and that she needed to come in and rest.
The man seemed hesitant but allowed her to enter. After a while, however, Dr. Jarvis realized she was in no condition to motivate back to town in the dark. She told the lone farmer she’d need to stay the night.
He was astonished at her suggestion and reminded her that he was there all alone. Dr. Jarvis responded, “Well, I am not afraid of you if you are not afraid of me.”
Oh, my lands, as we say in the South. What moxie the woman had!
Posted on August 14, 2019, in Ladies in Defiance and tagged a lady in defiance, abbie jarvis, Black Hills, deadwood, Explore South Dakota, famous american pioneer women, first female doctor, heather blanton, legends of the old west, Old West History, old west legends, pioneer women, south carolina in the revolutionary war, south dakota, south dakota history, true west, unsung heroines of the west, west, western history, western romance, Westerns, wild deadwood reads, Wild West Shows, women in south dakota history, women of the old west, Women of the Wild West, women pioneer, women who settled the west, women who went west, Women who won the west. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
Oh Heather, you are a wonderful storyteller! I will be on pins and needles waiting for your books!
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