When Montana and I Were Young by Margaret Bell
A Frontier Childhood (Women in the West)

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Lost for almost half a century and never before published, When Montana and I Were Young is a remarkable primary account of a child’s life in the early part of the twentieth century. Margaret Bell (1888–1982) was a rancher and horse breaker whose memoir tells the story of a frontier childhood on the high plains of Montana and Canada. Hers was not a typical childhood. Bell was barely seven when her mother died, and her stepfather, Hedge Wolfe, moved Bell and her three younger half-sisters far from their nurturing grandmother to the Canadian plains and a life of extreme poverty, hardship, and abuse.

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Mary Clearman Blew is a professor of English at the University of Idaho in Moscow. She is the author of Balsamroot and Bone-Deep in Landscape. Lee Rostad is the author of Honey Wine and Hunger Root.
Published March 1, 2002 by University of Nebraska Press. 251 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Born in 1888 to a hotel waitress and a cowboy gambler, Bell, who died in 1982, spent most of her hard life in Montana and Canada, ranching, horse breaking and writing.

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Bell did attempt suicide at age twelve, by strychnine poisoning that took Beck’s life instead;

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