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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
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Mar 18, 12

Read in March, 2012

Jeannette Walls writes about her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Lily was such a strong willed positive thinker, that I couldn't help but admire her. Born in a sod house, she began breaking horses with her dad when she was 6. She was the oldest child, with brother Buster, and little sister, Helen. Dad was kicked in the head by a horse when he was very young and had a severe speech impediment. Lily became his "right arm" because she understood him perfectly and accompanied him to town as translator, for business. She had little schooling, leaving for boarding school when she was about 11. She was there one semester and her dad ran out of money. Still, she became a teacher because of Mother Superior's recommendation. She had to sleep in school because there was no "teacherage" attached to the school building. This was during the Depression. WWI secured her position because the men went to war and the women went to factories.
In her life, she saw horses give way to the auto, became a fan of the "indoor crapper", raced horses, managed a 180,000 acre ranch with her husband, and learned to fly an airplane.

Mrs. Walls intended to write about her mother, but her mother insisted that grandma had a far more interesting life and I am inclined to agree.
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