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On Her Own TermsAnnie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West$
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Barbara Stein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227262

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227262.001.0001

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Innisfail Ranch

Innisfail Ranch

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(p.120) 13 Innisfail Ranch
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On Her Own Terms
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Barbara R. Stein

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227262.003.0013

This chapter discusses the Innisfail Ranch, the farm Alexander and Kellogg built on Grizzly Island, Suisun Bay. This served as a business venture for Alexander, who desired to ensure the financial security and independence of Kellogg. The discussion also tackles the women's task of reclaiming a portion of the Sacramento River delta, which was subject to seasonal flooding and changes in salinity levels. It shows that the ranch quickly became a field site for the museum staff, as well as students who wanted to collect specimens on the premises. The discussion then shifts to the problems the women encountered with irrigation, the expansion of their farming enterprise, and their continuous search for reliable help. This ended with the arrival of Don Wilson, who was described as being as compliant and agreeable as Grinnell. Due to Wilson's assuring presence on the farm, the two women were able to continue their travels.

Keywords:   Innisfail Ranch, Grizzly Island, Sacramento River, irrigation, farming enterprise, expansion, Don Wilson

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