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Margaret Hunt

in conversation with Ruth Cupper
Do not mention I was ever a barmaid!

The hot, dusty workers approached the hotel with eager anticipation, picturing the cool interior after their arduous day in the searing sun. They could almost taste the icy cold beer served with a foamy head in glasses dripping with condensation. Little did they know that the pretty, chatty young barmaid was a well-bred conservative country girl doing this job due to a lack of local employment in her farming community back home. It wasn’t the usual chosen form of employment for a young lady, as the hotel was considered a man’s domain and women weren’t widely accommodated. It is only now, in her 100th year, that Margaret is comfortable to tell the world that she was once a barmaid. Indeed, she had previously forbade her family to even mention it in her eulogy!

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