Arctic Homestead by Charles W. Sasser
The True Story of One Family's Story of Survival and Courage in the Alaska Wilds

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In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester and the their five children, the oldest of whom was nine years old and the youngest, twins, barely one, pulled up stakes in the lower 48 and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer dream of claiming land under the Homestead Act. The only land available lay north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Circle where grizzlies outnumbered humans twenty to one. In addition to fierce winters and predatory animals, the Alaskan frontier drew the more unsavory elements of society's fringes. From the beginning, the Cobbs found themselves pitted in a life or death feud with unscrupulous neighbors who would rob from new settlers, attempt to burn them out, shoot them and jump their claim.

The Cobbs were chechakos, tenderfeet, in a lost land that consumed even toughened settlers. Everything, including their "civilized" past, conspired to defeat them. They constructed a cabin--and first snow collapsed the roof. They built too near the creek and spring breakup threatened to flood them out. Bears prowled the nearby woods, stalking the children and Lester Cobb would leave for months at a time in search of work.

But through it all, they survived on the strength of Norma Cobb--a woman whose love for her family knew no bounds and whose courage in the face of mortal danger is an inspiration to us all. This is her story.


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Norma Cobb is the last woman pioneer to sign up under the U.S. Homestead Act and become a homesteader. She and her family still live in the valley they settled. This is Norma Cobb’s first book. Charles Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist since 1979. He has published over twenty-five hundred articles and short stories and has over thirty published books to his name. He lives in Oklahoma.
Published February 24, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction

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Most readers already have an idea that Alaska is a wild, cold, beautiful place full of bears and other dangerous critters, and reading Cobb’s book will add little to that store of information: it’s full of pesky bears, all right, who steal the homesteaders’ food and poop all over their belongings...

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Cobb holds a little-known but significant place in American history. As the last woman to claim land under the Homestead Act, in the 1970s, she was America's last official woman pioneer. Using a d

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Among them is Cobb's husband, Lester, of whom locals say, ""If you had a choice between fighting an enraged Grizzly or taking on Lester Cobb, you might be safer choosing the bear."" Cobb's voice combines the ruggedness of the frontier with the tenderness of a caring mother, resulting in an appeal...

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