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, 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 teen who, while she acquired 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 comprehend. 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 apartment keeper, and evening membership singer, between different occupations. She by no means stopped operating, residing everywhere New Mexico, ranching, operating as a deputy sheriff, and promoting genuine property.
Cecil Dawkins has made Frances Nunnery's taped reminiscences right into a vigorous tale that sounds as if Nunnery have been telling stories to an outdated pal at her kitchen desk.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 regularly western in Frances's ingenuity and resolution, yet you don't want to have an interest within the West to take pleasure in her memoir.
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So I loaded a whole bunch of them in the back of the car. I was going up this washboardy road back toward Gallup when all of a sudden a big crash, and the car stopped, dust rising all over 44 ❙ A WOMAN OF THE CENTURY ❙ the place. The touring car had just a little thin board ﬂoor, the kind of board they used to make trunks out of, or the back wall of a buggy. Real thin little boards. The ﬂoor had give way and fallen through and dropped all these rocks on the highway, and my car wouldn’t clear them.
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. I guess Mother thought I would probably be safe out west married to a preacher. So I went out there on the train and he met me in Denver. When you go to a place as celebrated as Denver, you expect to see a city.
Even covered night and day in smoke from the coke ovens on the hills, Pittsburgh was a big town with tall buildings and cobbled streets. After Pittsburgh, Denver looked very primitive, like somebody had mashed the whole town into the ground. I learned this preacher and I were going to live with his people up at Timnath, Colorado. That ended any hope of treatment by the Westinghouse ❙ 32 ❙ doctors in Denver, which was my whole reason for heading west in the ﬁrst place, but there I was. And as Timnath was some way oﬀ, we had to get married right away in Denver because single girls in those days didn’t go running around spending the night on the road with some guy she wasn’t married to.
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