Barbara Marriott’s insatiable curiosity has sent her tumbling into some rather interesting adventures.Among these is flying with the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, writing a series of travel books for American sailors, and being elected to Who’s Who in American Women.
When she moved to a west she knew nothing about, she set about researching her new home. She became so intrigued that she wound up capturing its history and its essence in several non-fiction books. It was a fertile field for her and she couldn’t get enough of it. Six books later she is still researching the old stories of the Wild West and turning its tales, facts, and sometimes mystery, into books.
From University Professor, to Management Consultant and Trainer, to Creative Advertising Director, her professional fields have allowed her to observe life. However, it is her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology that gives her the tools to get to the core of her subject—to satisfy her unquenchable need to know, and the reader’s need to know more. In Our Own Words: The Lives of Arizona Pioneer Women is a remarkable collection of stories and harrowing accounts of life in early Arizona gleaned from interviews of pioneer women.
In Our Own Words: The Lives of Arizona Pioneer Women. "I have lived for months where my only neighbors were Indians and my one music the howl of the coyote." - Charlotte Tanner Nelson It was a land the devil wouldn't have, made of sand and mountains filled with wild beasts and wild men. Yet in the eighteen hundreds the women came. Some came to join an adventuresome husband or son, some because of their religion. They traveled the hard trail, suffering from lack of water, horrendous weather, disease and death. And once they arrived in the desolate wilderness they lived in tents, dugouts and log cabins. Everything for their life, from soap to food, from clothes to medicine they made, or grew, or did without. Husbands left to work far away leaving them to fight Indians, take care of the home and farm, and sometimes bury their children. From 1935 until 1939 Federal Writers' Project workers interviewed Arizona pioneer women, who were then in their seventies or older. Their interviews, here in their own words, tell of heartbreak and joy, success and disappointment, and the building of a state.
Contact Creede! A Novel of Old Colorado: The mining boom towns of Colorado were no place for a Boston socialite-but don't tell that to Leo Worthington The telegram read: KNOW WHERE JOHN STANTON IS STOP CONTACT ME CREEDE That was Leonarda Stanton Worthington's only clue to the father who had abandoned her twenty years ago. Now "Leo" is on a quest to find him; not for sentimental reasons, curiosity, or even love-but for the money. Leo is a dead broke Boston socialite who needs her inheritance to continue her lifestyle. She was going to Creede, Colorado to meet her father, get her money, and be back to the high life of Boston society in a fortnight. What Leo found in Creede was an 1892 silver boom town seething with murder, intrigue and mystery. Bat Masterson, Poker Alice, Soapy Smith, Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey and Lowell Thomas all lend Leo a helping hand as she follows the trail of her lost father from Creede to Cripple Creek. Contributing to the hunt is a man named Ten, a friendly Madame, some miscellaneous miners, murderers and prostitutes, and a few Pinkerton agents. Along the way she is shot, blown up, and kidnapped, but continues her quest anyway. Join Leo in this mad 1890s romp as she defies the West and dares anyone to try and stop her. (Nominated for best historical fiction by the New Mexico Book Co-op).
Take the Train to Tucson: The trouble starts in 1893, when Leonarda Stanton Worthington takes the train to Tucson to join her father and gets involved with train robbers and a cream cake. Before she can get sand in her shoes, she is caught up in murder and kidnapping by a band of ruthless western outlaws. Too much for Leo’s feisty spirit? NEVER. She is determined to catch the culprits and bring them to justice before the local sheriff, the Pinkerton agents, and her father can solve the case. Join Leo as she stirs up old Tucson and follows her journalistic nose as far north as Oracle. Nothing is sacred to Leo, not the Suffragette movement, a lost mine legend, or the financial status of her neighbors. Now that Leo's around, things in the Arizona Territory are heating up.
Joe Beeler– Everyone’s friend; his cheerful personality and mischievousness covered an exceptional young talent that hit the national scene with canvas and bronze showing the old west of cowboys and Indians in a new exiting way.
Charlie Dye– A tough nut that grew up in the cowboy world, earned national recognition as an illustrator and gave it up to pay tribute to the cowboy way of western life with his brilliant action driven art.
John Hampton– The charmer from Brooklyn New York turned out to be more cowboy than most western cowpokes. Using his incredible talent and charm he got the attention of lovers of the Old West and won plenty of new fans and friends.
Fred Harman– A man of many talents with a phenomenal memory. A patriot who served his country as a spy, but mostly known for his alter-ego the comic character Red Ryder and Little Beaver…you betchum.
George Phippen– The family man who fought his shyness and blazed the pathway for Southwest cowboy art with his original and authentic works.