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I’m On My Way To The Heritage

No, no, I’m not moving in…yet! Today is Tuesday already this morning I’m looking forward to reading more Montana History this evening at 6 at the Marias Heritage Center here in Shelby. As I mentioned in a previous Puffman Blog, our Tuesday evening reading group is enjoying the true life sage of a pioneer lady doctor. She’s the strong willed Dr. Mary (Mollie) Babback Atwater who’s hung up her shingle in the rough tough mining community of Bannack, Montana back in the 1860’s, Back in those days, folks didn’t cotton to the idea of a WOMAN doctor and especially in the wild and wooly mining camps. Alcoholism was rampant along with physical abuse among the men staking out their mining claims. The book is “Pioneer Doctor-The Story of a Woman’s Work” penned by the late doctor’s granddaughter, Mari Grana back in the 1930’s. One thing I have found intriguing…although this story took place in the late 1800’s…is the perspective even in the 1930’s during the period the doctor’s granddaughter wrote this story. My, oh my, how slow change often is, whether it’s the 1860’s American West to the present day. It seems most of us are dragged screaming and kicking into any kind of change, whether it be social or technological, proving again that “there really isn’t anything new under the sun”. Different era, different time, but in so many ways the same mindset. I guess as a society we have always moved “slow as molasses”. See you this evening at 6 at the Heritage. I’m looking forward to it.

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