A Restless Decade

Barbara R. Stein

in On Her Own Terms

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520227262
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926387 | DOI:
A Restless Decade

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This chapter studies the period when Alexander and Kellogg were forced to stay in Innisfail Ranch. This due to the First World War, as well as a number of issues they needed to attend to at the ranch. The discussion notes that not only did it severely limit Alexander and Kellogg's ability to conduct fieldwork, but also created an intense longing for the world beyond the ranch. It was also during this time that Alexander's mother died, and that Alexander started funding Beckwith's personal business venture in New York City. A period of peace in the ranch coincided with the end of the war, which allowed the women to go back to fieldwork. The chapter follows several of their exploits, including a summer trip to the Sequoias, which renewed Alexander's vitality. It also notes their most important fossil-hunting expedition during this period, which was an excursion to the Miocene formations in the Mojave Desert.

Keywords: First World War; Sequoias trip; Innisfail Ranch; fossil-hunting expedition; Mojave Desert; Miocene formations

Chapter.  3953 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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