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Elkhead School north of Hayden can be seen through thick vegetation in this photo taken by Janet Gerber, Museum of Northwest Colorado assistant director. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, both descendents of privileged families in the East, came to teach at the school in the early 1900s. Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, executive editor of The New Yorker, will sign copies of the book she wrote about her grandmother’s experiences from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 590 Yampa Ave.

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Book signing with granddaughter of area pioneer school teacher slated for Sunday

Two young women step from a train in Hayden, the second-to-last stop on the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. The date is July 27, 1916, and these women of refinement are far from home. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood were educated at one of the first women’s colleges, and they have tasted the finer hints of Europe, Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, would write nearly a century later. Yet, this trip isn’t merely sightseeing excursion or a detour on the way to a gilded future in the East. The women are leaving that life behind for a new one in the West.

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