Starting from Scratch, the Adventures of a Lady Dude Rancher by Alice Gleason
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  • I really enjoyed this book for its historical perspective as well as its down to earth, real-time descriptions of life in the mountains of Montana

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      If you have ever wondered what it would have been like to live in rural Montana in the 1930s, this is a great book to give you that insight. The book was compiled and edited by Genny Barhaugh and Carol Guthrie from letters and papers found in an accordion file in Alice

      Gleason’s bedroom after her death. The handwritten notes, newspaper clippings and manuscripts left by Alice describe a newly wed couple trying to eek out a living as dude ranchers outside Choteau, Montana. Now the Pine Butte Guest Ranch, the fact that the Gleason’s endeavor has survived through today is quite a ...

      • tribute. It does not compare though to the poignant, sometimes judgmental, but always honest jottings of what life was like just before Montana was tamed. From life threatening and unpredictable weather to cows and packrats taking over the property, from human error to human compassion, this was a wonderful look into
        the not-so-distant past of Montana and a world where with a little help from friends, and a lot of grit and personal responsibility, a person could make a good life. I really enjoyed this book for its historical perspective as well as its down to earth, real-time descriptions of life in the mountains of Montana.




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