THE DAUGHTER’S WALK by Jane Kirkpatrick

THE DAUGHTER’S WALK  by Jane Kirkpatrick (c)1973, 1978, 1984, 2011. As you can see this is an old book. This is a true story about an immigrant Norwegian woman named Helga Estby who walked from Spokane Washington to New York City with her 19 year old daughter Clara in order to raise $10,000.00 to save their farm. Did they raise the money or not? I’m not going to tell you that, but this author has added to the story by having Clara Estby leaving her family to change her name and continue walking alone for 20 years. This all has something to do with women struggling for independence.

I just HAD to look up Helga and Clara Estby online. I was excited to see that Clara Estby and I share a No. 26th Birthday! She was born Nov. 26, 1876. I was born 110 years later! Here’s a photo of them in case you were wondering:

.Helga and Clara Estby

How could that woman have six or seven  children and still be that thin? No wonder why she wanted to walk away from them for a while. The youngest was 2 years old when left on their 7 month journey!


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