The beginning of life

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

They say that life begins at 40, but for 12-year-old Jennie Ball life was truly taking a turn that she would mark for the rest of her life as her beginning.

The year was 1879. Her father surprised Jennie and her brother with the announcement that they were leaving Warsaw, Ind, for the farm life in northwestern Kansas.

“Up to then a farm to me, meant going to an uncle’s and riding horses, morning to night, (and) petting the calves and lambs. So I had a wonderful vision of ‘life on our farm’ in Kansas.”

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