Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek details the Ingalls' move to Minnesota, where they purchase land from an honest to goodness Minnewegian (and live among more.) Their first home is in a dugout, but they (too rapidly) move to a new board house when the wheat begins to grow. That wheat crop is eaten by grasshoppers, and the trials of living with an uncertain future, with drought and blizzards to boot, are detailed in this charming story.
However, there are also tales of going to school for the first time, as well as learning to swim, "fishing" under a waterfall, and all manner of games and stories included. While this is aimed at children, adults can also glean some of the details of learning to live on the frontier.