Alice Hackett Pesuti was in the eighth grade at Sopori School in 1942.
Her younger sister Lee Bell Taylor was of kindergarten age. Their brothers
Eddie and Jimmy also attended Sopori and their mother, Irene Hackett
Bell, drove the school "bus." The school bus was more of a
stationwagon that was fitted with bench-like seats for its young passengers.
The "bus" in the image
of Sopori School [18K] that Ms. Taylor provided is probably the
same size as the "woodie" that her mother drove in 1941.
Both Ms. Pesuti and Ms. Taylor were interviewed in Tucson on February
17, 2003 and January 17, 2003, respectively.
Alice Hackett Pesuti was an eighth grader at Sopori School when she
Who Gets Good Grades, Plays the Piano" in the May 20, 1942,
Little Cowpuncher. Her illustrations may also be found, such
from the March/April issue. Below is an image of her article in
the February 20, 1942, Special Rodeo Edition published by the Arizona
Alice Hackett Pesuti was interviewed on February 17, 2003, at Joan
Sandin's home in Tucson. We were fortunate that Alice was visiting her
sister Lee from her home in California and was interested in sharing
her memories of being a Little Cowpuncher. [ti:me RealPlayer]
Lee Bell walking with her father Paul,
who is holding a pair of her boots.
Lee Taylor, youngest Little Cowpuncher at Sopori School in
1942, went to school at five years old. She attended Sopori with her
brother Jimmy and her older sister Alice, who was in the 8th grade.
During her interview, she recalls her mother's experiences driving
the school bus going to Tucson for the Annual La Fiesta de los
Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo Parade, living on ranches, and playing
baseball and other games at school. [07:59 RealPlayer]