First Advisor

Gordon B. Dodds

Term of Graduation

Spring 1998

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History






Alice Day Pratt, Women pioneers -- Oregon -- Post Region -- Biography



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1 online resource (152 pages)


It is important to recognize the role of women in the development of the Trans-Mississippi West. Of the thousands of homesteaders, a significant percentage were single women. While a few historians have documented women homesteaders on the Great Plains, there is little information about those in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. The efforts of homesteaders who came to Central Oregon at the beginning of the twentieth century provide valuable information about the development of the region.

The purpose of this study is to document the homesteading efforts of Alice Day Pratt, a single woman and teacher. It attempts to put her into the larger historical context of gender roles and the agricultural development of the west. This study investigates the reasons why women would want to homestead and how successful they were. It also examines the realities of homesteading the High Desert region of Central Oregon. It details Alice's life, focusing upon the eighteen years she farmed and raised dairy cattle and chickens on the homestead she named Broadview.


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