Houses weren't beautiful, but kept them safe and happy. For once, they felt like they were in control of their life. It was not unusual for three single men to share quarters. Men greatly outnumbered women among the homesteaders, but still brave women headed out to make their own life. Often in families, men came first to start them off, because it life was hard out there, and then the wife and children followed. Shoes, socks, underwear, coffee, clocks, and other simple things taken for granted in the East, became luxuries on the Plains. Despite many hardships, people were healthy due to fresh air, and good, hearty food.