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20th Century Montana Farming Survivors Launch the Society’s Progamming Year

The struggles of a 20th Century Montana family that struggled through decades of great change on a dry-land ranch in south-central Montana is the subject of Thursday Night at the Montana Historical Society.

Jim Sargent, his sister Helen Pedula, and cousin Louie Strand will present “Too Poor To Move, But Always Rich: A Century on Montana Land,? which is based on a book they wrote of the same title. The free talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 6) at the Society across from the Capitol.

The book deals with things like raising sheep, farming with horse drawn machinery, blizzards, sickness, and death.

“During the drought and the Depression of the 1930s, many western farm and ranch families abandoned their land, but for those who stuck it out exceptional inner strength emerged,? Sargent said.

Sacrifices and hardship were offset by fun of family and by living “their values of honesty, fairness, trust and thrift.?

Sargent said there will be a drawing for a milk stool signed by the authors.

Sargent is a former Lewis and Clark County Extension Agent, Strand is a former Helena school principal and director of instruction, and Pedula is a retired nurse

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