By Cecil Dawkins, Max Evans
Anyone who nonetheless believes ladies are frail, powerless, and incapable of facing equipment should still learn the tale of Frances Nunnery, a decided, inventive entrepreneur whose occupation and character defy each stereotype approximately girls. We first meet her as a self-sufficient little woman engaged on a Virginia tobacco farm, a teen who, whilst she obtained a "lickin," by no means cried yet "stood there as an issue of delight" and took her drugs. At 13 she went to paintings on the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh, and at twenty-one she was once shipped off to Colorado to be married to a guy she did not recognize. In 1921 she escaped to New Mexico in a version T Ford, settling in Albuquerque, the place she labored as a chauffeur, bus driving force, boarding condominium keeper, and evening membership singer, between different occupations. She by no means stopped operating, residing in all places New Mexico, ranching, operating as a deputy sheriff, and promoting genuine property.
Cecil Dawkins has made Frances Nunnery's taped memories right into a vigorous tale that sounds as if Nunnery have been telling stories to an outdated pal at her kitchen desk. there's something routinely western in Frances's ingenuity and backbone, yet you do not need to have an interest within the West to take pleasure in her memoir.
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She was quite thrilled when I showed up at her door looking for a place to rent. She had a Packard sedan and she wanted to hire me for her chauﬀeur. She gave me the apartment free and hired a maid to take care of my kid. I ate with her, too, in her dining room, and I got oﬀ pretty ❙ 46 ❙ easy. She gave me a little spending money, not very much. Soon I was herding her all over town in her Packard sedan. About this time I was having some female trouble after having the baby, and that’s how I happened to go to this lady doctor, Dr.
Westinghouse wanted to send me out to Denver, where they had a branch. They had their own doctors and medical plans out there, and they would pay my fare. This brings the story of my life up to the time I left the East. ❙ MY FIRST PAYING JOB ❙ 31 3 ❙ I HEAD WEST But Mother had a little diﬀerent plan for me. ” That’s how she decided to get me married oﬀ to this preacher person from Colorado who had been going to school there in Pittsburgh at the Bible Institute. That’s where my mother knew him. But I didn’t know him.
First one group and then another, I rode people around and around Taos plaza in the Ford. I guess it was one of the ﬁrst cars ever seen in the streets of Taos. Low on money, later I went into the Columbian Hotel to see if I could get a restaurant job. But when I saw a rough-looking bunch of cowboys in the lobby playing poker, I decided this wasn’t the kind of place my mother would want me to be. The owner, a man named Pooler, had some time before been shot by a drifter claimed to be a traveling watch repairman who’d been kicked out of the bar earlier for being drunk and disorderly.