By Cecil Dawkins, Max Evans
Anyone who nonetheless believes girls are frail, powerless, and incapable of facing equipment may still learn the tale of Frances Nunnery, a decided, creative 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 teenager who, while she acquired a "lickin," by no means cried yet "stood there as a question of delight" and took her drugs. At 13 she went to paintings on the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh, and at twenty-one she used to be 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, dwelling in every single place New Mexico, ranching, operating as a deputy sheriff, and promoting genuine property.
Cecil Dawkins has made Frances Nunnery's taped reminiscences right into a energetic tale that sounds as if Nunnery have been telling stories to an previous good friend at her kitchen desk. there's something typically western in Frances's ingenuity and backbone, yet you do not need to have an interest within the West to get pleasure from her memoir.
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Extra resources for A Woman of the Century, Frances Minerva Nunnery (1898-1997): Her Story in Her Own Memorable Voice as Told to Cecil Dawkins
We took it home with us and ﬁxed a wire cage out of a chicken coop that would do till we could build it a house. Turned out she had a bunch of babies in her pocket. When they popped out they didn’t have any hair on them. Just little naked things. We thought we really had something. We were feeding her and taking care of her and her children till along came my brother-in-law. He was a possum and coon hunter, and he decided we weren’t going to keep our possum. So he snuck out there one night and turned her out.
I thought I had a chance of getting a job there. But I had no training, no education at all in the way of getting a job. Well, Mrs. Bachechi had seen me driving around town in the Model T. 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.
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. I’d only seen him once. We took a walk in Shenley Park, looked at the dinosaurs in the Museum.
A Woman of the Century, Frances Minerva Nunnery (1898-1997): Her Story in Her Own Memorable Voice as Told to Cecil Dawkins by Cecil Dawkins, Max Evans