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A Woman Alone: Mona Bell, Sam Hill and the Mansion on Bonneville Rock

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Living alone in the woods of northern Minnesota, Mona Bell once amazed a neighbor by shooting a dozen clothes pins off a line at 25 yards, firing revolvers from both hands in rapid succession. "You tell the boys there's a woman back here who knows how to shoot, and will shoot," she said, calmly. He did. Eccentric, aggressive, frugal, and friendly to a point, Mona's few ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Frank Amato Publications (first published 2009)
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Carye Bye
Aug 12, 2011 Carye Bye rated it really liked it
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Lately I've been enjoying more and more Local Portland and Oregon History. I happened upon this book on the librarian recommendation shelf. I didn't know a whole lot about Sam Hill and always like to learn about unusual women, especially women who have been more or less dropped from history.. The author had quite the challenge putting together this book... passionately researched through letters, public records and as many first hand accounts as possible. Mona was not a sharer and kept much of ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
Mona Bell was the mistress of Sam Hill, who built Mary Hill for his wife, Mary, overlooking the Columbia River. Sam also built a mansion for Mona on the opposite side of the river. Sam died shortly after their son was 3 years old. The government condemned the mansion to make way for the building of Bonneville Dam. Mona tried to fight the condemnation to no avail.

Always fun to read books about a small slice of NW history.
Jul 31, 2010 Sallie rated it liked it
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I picked this book up while we toured the Bonneville Dam and drove along the Columbia Gorge Road last March. Mona is an interesting, complex woman, and the Federal Govt did NOT treat her well at all. IMHO anyway. To say the least.
Pamela Ferguson
oh my ... what an jnteresting woman, large mansion above bonneville dam, house no longer there, but what a fight with the state and federal govt to recovery funds for the property when the govt wanted it to clear for the building of the bonneville dam! intrigue, mystery, son out of wedlock, and it was a true story about a wild and crazy single female ... mona bell!
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