Those of us growing up in the 1930-1950 era will appreciate Jewel Beck Lansing's experiences as related in My Montana: A History and Memoir, 1930-1950. You needn't have grown up in rural Montana to appreciate them either - many western and mid-west farms and ranches shared the same lifestyle.
No running water, no electricity except by generator; hand-cranked wall telephones and party lines; water wells that needed priming before pumping, country dances. And those WWII years of food/gasoline/rubber/shoe rationing; the theoretical 35 mph national speed limit; collecting magazines, papers, tinfoil, metal for the war effort; candy bar shortages; young men leaving for the armed forces, some never to return.
Difficult days? Yes, but the challenges were met with ingenuity, cooperation, camaraderie and humor.
If you didn't grow up in that era, you'll learn what it was like - and gain a new appreciation and respect for the folks who did.
-- Paul Fugleberg, former publisher/editor of the Flathead Courier, former publisher of the Ronan Pioneer, and author of Proud Heritage, An Illustrated History of Lake County, the Lower Flathead, Mission, and Jocko Valleys.
My Montana is a great story, well-researched, and a fascinating look at the Montana of yesteryear.
-- Molly Holz, Publications Director Montana Historical Society
In this engaging and informative book, Jewel Beck Lansing captures the pioneer spirit of her homesteading parents and community. She gives us a warm and respectful look at a rural Western Montana girlhood in the 1930s and 1940s that is sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
-- Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley