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by Roy A. Wiley
“The west!.....The golden west!......
Land of beckoning romance!”
“On January tenth, 1910…I took the train south to Tucumcari, New Mexico as my final destination… My suitcase was of the variety known as a telescope, concocted of cardboard and canvas”
And so begins Roy Wiley’s story of his life as a homesteader in New Mexico with charming anecdotes and comments on everything he meets in his new home in the Southwest. It is all quite new for this farmer from western New York state but he approaches it all with curiosity and an open mind. His tales of proving up the claim, all the time supporting himself with teaching at the regional grammar schools, tell of a way of life far removed from today. It is a gift to all of us that he made the effort to write it all down in such a lively fashion.