Ethel Hornbarger had a very
difficult childhood. Her family lived in Winnemucca, but her father
owned Robeson Ranch outside town. Her mother became ill when she
was 12, and Ethel had to take care of her until her death about
a year later. After that time, she was the lady of the house and
was forced to take care of the family's needs. She managed to finish
high school, and eventually left her father's house (to his disappointment)
when she was married.
that time, however, her family owned the Busch Hotel in Winnemucca.
When the hotel burned (while she was still very young), Ethel's
father bought the Gem Bar, which he operated for a few years. He
then sold the bar and bought Scotty's Club, a boarding house and
restaurant. Ethel's mother didn't speak English well, so Ethel did
most of the shopping in town for the family.
death had a profound effect on the family, as Ethel's father was
forced to work very hard during this time. Ethel took care of the
children, cooking breakfast and making lunch for them in the morning
and cooking supper for them at night.
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