Nettie Roeper Fausel (1874–1968)
In these witty and plainspoken recollections, Nettie Fausel reaches back in memory to her girlhood in the Owens Valley of the late nineteenth century. Nearly ninety-three when she talked with Eastern California Museum volunteers Bessie Poole and Jan Hillis in August 1967, she had lived in Independence most of her life and presided over the local post office for forty-two years. But of all her legacies, none has endured longer than the coyote she once kept as a pet. The hapless creature and its exploits amused the townsfolk, although some reportedly took a dim view of its presence in the community; it was a discomfiting reminder, perhaps, of those not-so-distant frontier beginnings in a desert wilderness that still lies just beyond the town’s last street of shaded homes.
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