Eulalia "Sister" Bourne
Eulalia Bourne and Caroline Atwill, circa 1945.
photo courtesy Caroline Atwill McMakin
On February 13, 2003, Caroline Atwill McMakin was interviewed in
her home in Casa Grande, Arizona, about her memories of Eulalia Bourne.
In March 2003, Ms. McMakin shared these memories with us for the website.
I was attending the University of Arizona when I first
met Sister, in 1940 or 1941. I had returned from my home in Kansas
City early so I could visit my friend, Doris Dayton, at her family's
place near Oracle before Fall classes started. She had worked at Sister's
ranch during the summer and wanted me to meet her. So we saddled up
our horses and rode the 9 or 10 miles to the G-F Bar. As I remember,
we spent several days there -- long enough for me to fall in love
with the ranch and the life there. I grew up loving horses and the
ranch was made to order for me. I started going up on weekends, with
or without Doris. Sister would pick me up on Friday evenings as she
came through Tucson after teaching all week at her school in Sierrita.
We would load the pickup with a week's supply of hay and groceries
and head for the ranch some 60 miles away in Pepper Sauce Canyon,
a ranch she herself had homesteaded some years before. We would work
all weekend doing whatever ranch and cattle work needed to be done
and then head back to Tucson early Monday morning to school and teaching.
Thus began my many happy years of association with Sister and the
G-F Bar Ranch.