A first-term city councilwoman juggles a hotly contested reelection campaign and a full-time job as a hotel housekeeper.
Esther Strasburger's life as a single woman homesteader in 1909 Montana juxtaposes with her great-granddaughter's story.
With the lure of land ownership, the Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged over 600,000 people to migrate West. Among its new inhabitants were Esther Strasburger and her two sisters who settled in Simms, Montana in 1909. These women accepted the challenges of homesteading and staked a claim to the West for generations to come.