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Abigail Scott Duniway is a name that’s very familiar to most Oregon history buffs. She was a pioneer, a journalist, a newspaper editor, and a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage. All of this she managed to accomplish while also fulfilling all the obligations of an invalid’s wife and the mother of six children. But Duniway, during her life, did not expect any of those things to be what she was most remembered for. She expected — or, rather, hoped — that after her death her novels would be collected and published, and that future readers would “marvel at the facts therein portrayed as much as the student of today is marveling at the progress of the world since the discoveries of Christopher Columbus or the explorations of Lewis and Clark.” That, of course, didn’t happen. Instead, most people don’t even realize that she wrote any novels.... (Portland, Multnomah County; 1870s) (For text and pictures, see

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