The Cowgirl Behind Cowgirl Dreams

A clipping from the Sunburst Sun (Montana) newspaper, Aug. 26, 1922 reads:


olive-m-tootsie-gasser-cowgirl1:00 Parade of cowboys and cowgirls, headed by Cut Bank brass band

2:30 Tootsie Bailey will enter competition with entire field, riding wild steers with only one hand in cirsingle

Tootsie was my grandmother and she would have been 17 at that time.

Another clipping states “Tootsie Bailey won first and Mary (Marie) Gibson second prize in the steer riding.”


Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 5:36 am  Comments (5)  
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  1. I think it’s really neat that you have so much family history! I’m sure I do too, though it wouldn’t be about the west- it’d be about German immigrants coming over to Pennsylvania then going west to Kansas and putting in roots as farmers. Not nearly as intriguing as your cowgirl grandmother. Someday though, my grandchildren will get to say “my grandmother was a cowgirl”, and hopefully they’ll continue on in the legacy I hope to leave for them.

  2. It’s always fun finding the things our ancestors were involved in. I recently found out that my grandfather used to be a part of a pro football team way back during the times when they wore leather helmuts

  3. I thought there was a real newspaper clipping when I read about it in Cowgirl Dreams. How cool! And the women took it all! Thanks for posting this, Heidi.

  4. That is so cool that you have these clippings and shots of your ancestors. Makes for a neat post too.

  5. Fascinating, can’t wait to read more. What a great background and family history to draw on. Visiter from blog group — Lucia

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