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Pearl McGill...circa 1910

"The train ride along the rolling banks of the Mississippi River from Grandview, Iowa to Muscatine, Iowa was just under two hours, but it was taking me worlds away. I was born and raised in Grandview and other than a journey to the capital city of Des Moines for the State Fair three years before, I had never been this far away from home. I wasn't frightened to be leaving Grandview. I was excited for what I dreamed the future could hold.

For as long as I could remember, I had wanted to become a teacher like my sister, Anne. I had seen what her teaching certificate had done for her, and I desperately wanted the same. It had been her ticket to new towns, new friends and new adventures. Life in Grandview wasn't terrible for me. I was surrounded by a wonderful group of family and friends, and life was, well secure if nothing else.  I just wanted more. I needed more. I wanted the same opportunities Anne had earned.

I wanted to see the country, the world." 

Pearl McGill....from Shell Games by Jeffrey S. Copeland

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