RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43790455 LA English T1 Happy as a big sunflower : adventures in the West, 1876-1880 A1 Johnson, Rolf,, Jensen, Richard E., PB University of Nebraska Press, in association with the Nebraska State Historical Society PP Lincoln YR 2000 SN 0803276141 9780803276147 AB "In 1876 Rolf Johnson and his family left Illinois for Phelps County, Nebraska. Rolf left home in 1879 "with the intention of going west for a season." His departure may have been sparked by the marital fever exhibited by a female suitor. Rolf felt he was "not quite prepared to leave the state of single blessedness for that of double misery." In Sidney, Nebraska, he ran with the "sporting" element, who showed him photographs of "fast women of the town stark naked." He found employment with a wagon freighter headed for the Black Hills, where he saw Calamity Jane in action. Rolf's education continued until the diaries end in Cubero, New Mexico, in 1880. He returned to Phelps County in 1882 and remained there for most of his life. Rolf's lively diaries offer an entertaining eyewitness account of pioneer life and an unmatched resource for historians."--BOOK JACKET.