Man of the Family

Man of the Family

Man of the Family

Man of the Family


Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western can-do energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the 20th century. Father has died and Little Britches shoulders the responsibilities of a man at age eleven. Continues the true pioneering adventures as unforgettable as those in Little Britches. Illustrated.


Father died when I was eleven. That was in the early spring of 1910, and our relatives back in New England wanted Mother to parcel us out among them. When the doctor found that Mother had got blood-poisoning in her hand from nursing Father and would have to go away for a month, Cousin Phil wanted her to send us east right then, but Mother said, "No, Phil. I am sure Charlie would want us all to be together."

Grace was nearly two years older than I, and we were standing with the younger children when Mother spoke. We didn't look at each other, but Grace's hand found mine and squeezed it. Then Mother turned to me and said, "Ralph, you are my man now; I shall depend on you."

It didn't seem to me that the man of a family should go to school. I wanted to work, as Father had, and make a living for the family. My brother Philip was eight, and Hal was five, so they were too young to get jobs. Muriel was between Philip and me, but she was a girl.

We had brought our horse, Lady, and the spring wagon with . . .

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