“Topping Out,” by the late Katherine Wonn Harris (1899-1979), tells the story of life in the Salmon River and Hells Canyon area in the early 1900s.
The book was first published in the 1970s and was recently republished by Harris’ niece, Marilyn Allen of El Cajon, Calif. The book is written as a novel but based on Harris’ life.
“My aunt wrote the book about her real-life adventures as a young school teacher in the wild country of Idaho Salmon River and Snake River Country beginning in 1916,” Allen said in a news release. “First publishing the book in the 1970s, she was an activist and used her writing skills to lobby for the preservation of the wildness of the region that had nurtured her growing maturity.”
The book is available at Balboa Press Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.