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Helga Estby
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Birth: May 30, 1860
Death: Apr. 20, 1942

Helga Estby, along with her 18-year old daughter Clara walked more than 4,000 miles from Spokane, Washington to New York as part of a wager and in an effort to save the family's farm. The wager promised $10,000 for completing the cross-country walk in seven months. The historic walk across the country was unheard of in the 1890s and especially for a woman. Despite the opposition of her family and Scandinavian community, the mother of eight and her eldest daughter set out on May 6, 1896. Traveling light, the woman carried satchels with a first aid kit, compass, maps, pistol, canteen, notebooks and pens, pepper spray—and a curling iron. As part of the wager, Estby was required to take no more than $5 cash and could not beg. Most nights, they found shelter with homesteaders and even one Native American tribe. They met many notable personalities along their trek, including the wife of president-to-be William McKinley and governors and mayors in Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. They were said to have worn out 32 pairs of shoes. Newspapers across the country reported their arrival in New York, December 23, 1896. However, there was no cash prize and the Estby women became stranded in New York with no funds for a return trip. They secured rail passes from a railroad titan to Minneapolis and headed back to Washington, most likely by rail, from there. Estby was an ardent supporter of woman suffrage and thought the walk would also prove women's capabilities.

Mica Creek Cemetery
Spokane County
Washington, USA
Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
Record added: Sep 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21732079
Helga Estby
Added by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
Helga Estby
Added by: Leslie Mikesell Wood
Helga Estby
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In peace.
- m-space
 Added: Jan. 15, 2016

- Donnalley
 Added: Sep. 11, 2015
I too just finished reading your & Clara's story. I was mesmerized & constantly enthralled by the determination shown by both of you. I enjoyed the book very much and wanted to leave a token to honor you.
- wesblues
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014
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