Life in a Log Home
A reprint of an article in Annuals of Iowa The author summarizes the living
conditions and problems faced by early Iowa settlers who built and lived
in log cabins.
Pioneering at Bonaparte and Near Pella
In 1843, Mrs. Sarah Welch Nossaman and her husband moved from the area
of Fairfield, Iowa to a claim of land in central Iowa. They settled near
the present-day town of Pella. This land had just opened for settlement
and many pioneer families began moving into the area. The Nossaman family
built a log home after living temporarily in a shanty they built from
poles and elm bark.
Writing to her children, Mrs. Nossaman described
the first summer in the new claim.