Cecil Dawkins, Max Evans's A Woman of the Century, Frances Minerva Nunnery (1898-1997): PDF

By Cecil Dawkins, Max Evans

ISBN-10: 0826328512

ISBN-13: 9780826328519

Anyone who nonetheless believes girls are frail, powerless, and incapable of facing equipment should still learn the tale of Frances Nunnery, a decided, inventive entrepreneur whose profession and character defy each stereotype approximately ladies. We first meet her as a self-sufficient little woman engaged on a Virginia tobacco farm, an adolescent who, while she obtained a "lickin," by no means cried yet "stood there as an issue of satisfaction" and took her medication. 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 motive force, boarding residence 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Nunnery's taped memories right into a full of life tale that sounds as if Nunnery have been telling stories to an outdated buddy at her kitchen desk. there's something typically western in Frances's ingenuity and resolution, yet you don't want to have an interest within the West to get pleasure from her memoir.

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But I told her, Well, you don’t have to live with him, and he had no way of supporting me or my baby, so therefore there was no point in my staying with him. He couldn’t even make a living for himself. I think Mother wanted me married off as a way of taming me into what a woman at that time was supposed to be. Well, it wasn’t going to work. I went to an attorney and asked him what I should do about this situation. Turned out, a man, he didn’t believe in divorce either. He 48 ❙ A WOMAN OF THE CENTURY ❙ said I could get a legal separation, and then I could do business in my own name.

I got it back to the dairy company at about dark. The horse died that night. I guess I rode him too far. I felt terrible about that horse, but it was too late for that. It was done and I couldn’t do anything about it. When my stepdad got worse, Mother moved up to the farm to take care of him. She rented a room with light housekeeping facilities from a lady up the street, and she left Clifford there with me to go to school in the wintertime. That lasted for a couple of years. I paid the rent out of my wages at Westinghouse, and I had to give Mother the rest to make the payments on the farm.

Benny always left a black whip in the wagon to crack over the team of mules to get them started. Well, there were lots of snakes in Virginia. There were copperheads, copper colored and two feet long, in the barns and machine sheds, and cottonmouths a yard long in the river. When we went swimming they stuck their heads out of the water and opened their mouths at us like telling us to get out of their territory and leave them alone, only they had no voice or else it was too small for us to hear. The inside of their mouths really was white as cotton.

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