Gatewood was born to a farm family of 15 children in Guyan Township, Gallia County, Ohio. At the age of 19 she married 27 year-grandma’s Teeth PDF P.
Författare: David Webb.
Gatewood, a college educated primary school teacher, and later tobacco farmer, with whom she had 11 children. She had 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild living at the time of her death at 85. Gatewood’s husband physically beat her on a regular basis starting from the first weeks of their marriage. She recalled being beaten nearly to death on several occasions.
She suffered broken ribs, broken teeth, and other injuries during the abusive marriage. When her husband became violent, she would, on occasion, run from the house into the woods where she found peace and solitude. They did not ask where or for how long, as they knew she was resilient and would take care of herself. Local newspapers picked up on her story in the southern states, then the Associated Press did a national profile of her while in Maryland, leading to an article in Sports Illustrated when she had reached Connecticut. She was also credited with being the oldest female thru-hiker by the Appalachian Trail Conference.
She traveled to every state of the continental United States. In 1970, at age 83, while visiting Appalachian Outfitters in Oakton, Virginia she was asked what she thought about the latest lightweight backpacking gear. Emma advised: „Make a rain cape, and an over the shoulder sling bag, and buy a sturdy pair of Keds tennis shoes. Gatewood was a life member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club.