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

May The Hard Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton 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 She opened a one table restaurant for the silver prosp

  • Title: May: The Hard-Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton
  • Author: Mary Barmeyer O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780762773459
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 womanAn 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 who favored low cut, brightly colored dresses, scandalized the proper women of town But her self confidence and ease with people helped her make important friends among the miners, merchants, and railroad men who ate at her table After she met and married local train engineer Al Hutton, the two invested in a mine upstream from Wallace After several long years they struck it rich and moved to Spokane, where May spent the rest of her life working on philanthropic projects that still affect residents of the Pacific Northwest to this day As related through the skilled storytelling of Mary Barmeyer O Brien, this larger than life woman s story adds a compelling new element to the history of the West.

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    1 thought on “May: The Hard-Rock Life of Pioneer May Arkwright Hutton”

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. great read. I can't imagine living during such difficult times. after visiting Wallace Idaho this summer I had to read about May.

    4. 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.

    5. 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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