To the Monroe Monitor
Thank you for recounting the life of Nellie Robertson and her recent death. Your article spurred me to look into her light fiction; I was surprised to see only one copy of that genre in the Sno-Isle library system, so I purchased three others and was amazed and delighted by what I read. They are a treasure for anyone studying Washington State history as her romantic tales are solidly based on local history.
Wellington Wisdom centers on life in Everett, and then the Wellington railroad disaster of 1910. The sequel, Beyond Wellington, continues to incorporate historical events through World War I and slightly beyond in the life of the heroine. Another light romantic tale, Kathryn’s Courage, aptly depicts life on a homestead “that looked over to Tualco” and outings to Snohomish. The book had me looking up old photos of the area and taking new interest in the local history. (I have lived here only two years.) A further book, Hannah, centers on Olympia shortly after the Civil War, and interweaves romance and the toughness of pioneer life. These books do not have the depth of a Dostoevsky, but do skillfully portray local life and events from the 1860s to the early 1920s. Let’s hope that they are in the school libraries.