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Lee Bell Taylor and Alice Hackett Pesuti

Lee Bell Taylor, January 2003
Lee Bell Taylor

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 wrote "Alice, Who Gets Good Grades, Plays the Piano" in the May 20, 1942, Little Cowpuncher. Her illustrations may also be found, such as one from the March/April issue. Below is an image of her article in the February 20, 1942, Special Rodeo Edition published by the Arizona Daily Star.

Alice Hackett's Feb 1942 rodeo edition article

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 Taylor as a young girl with  her father
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]