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Monday, March 24, 2008

Behind the Scenes

This is an ongoing post about how the book "Buckskin Bessie - Her Lost Letters" came about.
It is posted every Monday and the original was posted in Jan. 2008

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Travel was a part of Bessie's life even before she joined the Wild West Show and that in itself was unusual in the year of 1910. Most farmer's daughters were married off by the time we catch up to Bessie at 25 years old and most women were having babies, not applying for their own homestead (copy of actual document in book) and a career of stenographer (sample of it in a letter). This is just the beginning of this unique woman's life, a life that took her all over the world.

A family member found me through my work on the Herberg family tree on She had a postcard that was in a trunk of her Grandmother's with a picture of a cowgirl with her horse and the name, Buckskin Bessie. We communicated a lot while I wrote the book and she was a great encourager. She even went to the Hotel Piccadilly on her trip to London where Bessie stayed to see if she could get any information for me.

Many people and unusal things came into my life while writing this book................................


dabrah said...

She sounds quite amazing. There were some notable women during that period who sort of threw off the constraints society placed on them, and went off adventuring. And strangely enough some of them seem to have exerted a surprising amount of influence on events of their time.
I hope you and yours had a happy Easter.

JeanMac said...

RE: finding the post card - small world, isn't it? Nice of her to help.