My Forty Years Scribblin's
Personal Memories
Stella's Feather

The following is an excerpt from Mildred’s autobiography Once Upon A (Life)Time written in 1990. The illustration is from the cover and was done by Mildred’s son Stanley Morkert.


The illustration is from  the  cover  and  was  done  by  Mildred’s  son  StanleyAunt Stella milked two or three cows and skimmed the cream off the milk pans, churned, and got up at four o’clock in the morning to deliver her butter and eggs to Missoula before the sun got hot. Everyone donned their best clothes to go to town in those days and my aunt allowed herself one luxury. She had a blue ostrich feather sewn to a black manila straw hat. The hat came out of a tissue-lined box and was pinned on top of her head with two long hat pins. I can still see that horse and buggy headed toward Missoula at a brisk trot and that beautiful plume waving in the breeze.