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“Aguardiente,” the girl said contemptuously. “Your so-called water of life.” She pushed her long black hair away from her face. “Water of hell!” Short stories set in Old New Mexico, many based on actual people or events. Includes: That Damn Mule A green-broke mule balks at the rain-slicked shale on a narrow mountain path. That’ll Teach ’Em A group of trappers encounters “Aguardiente,” the girl said contemptuously. “Your so-called water of life.” She pushed her long black hair away from her face. “Water of hell!” Short stories set in Old New Mexico, many based on actual people or events. Includes: That Damn Mule A green-broke mule balks at the rain-slicked shale on a narrow mountain path. That’ll Teach ’Em A group of trappers encounters Apaches in the Gila wilderness. They Were My Friends A tale of friendship and betrayal during the Taos uprising against American occupation. Decisions A young woman must find a way to cross cultural barriers and marry the Pueblo man she loves. Obsessions An Episcopal Methodist missionary interferes in Maxwell Land Grant Company politics and suffers the consequences. Loretta Miles Tollefson grew up in the American West in a log cabin built by her grandfather. She lives in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, where she researches the region’s history and imagines what it would have been like to actually experience it.


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“Aguardiente,” the girl said contemptuously. “Your so-called water of life.” She pushed her long black hair away from her face. “Water of hell!” Short stories set in Old New Mexico, many based on actual people or events. Includes: That Damn Mule A green-broke mule balks at the rain-slicked shale on a narrow mountain path. That’ll Teach ’Em A group of trappers encounters “Aguardiente,” the girl said contemptuously. “Your so-called water of life.” She pushed her long black hair away from her face. “Water of hell!” Short stories set in Old New Mexico, many based on actual people or events. Includes: That Damn Mule A green-broke mule balks at the rain-slicked shale on a narrow mountain path. That’ll Teach ’Em A group of trappers encounters Apaches in the Gila wilderness. They Were My Friends A tale of friendship and betrayal during the Taos uprising against American occupation. Decisions A young woman must find a way to cross cultural barriers and marry the Pueblo man she loves. Obsessions An Episcopal Methodist missionary interferes in Maxwell Land Grant Company politics and suffers the consequences. Loretta Miles Tollefson grew up in the American West in a log cabin built by her grandfather. She lives in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, where she researches the region’s history and imagines what it would have been like to actually experience it.

22 review for Old One Eye Pete: Stories from Old New Mexico

  1. 5 out of 5

    Diana Holguin-Balogh

    Dramatic and Eye Opening Born and raised in New Mexico, I thought I was familiar with main historical facts. Reading Old One Eye Pete made me realize gaps existed. From Cimarron to Taos, I had passed Palo Flechado many times. The book has now given me a reference point to perhaps now explore. I knew about the old mining Elizabethtown, but never had I known its significance and the people associated there. I had visited the St. James Hotel in Cimarron briefly without time to investigate further. N Dramatic and Eye Opening Born and raised in New Mexico, I thought I was familiar with main historical facts. Reading Old One Eye Pete made me realize gaps existed. From Cimarron to Taos, I had passed Palo Flechado many times. The book has now given me a reference point to perhaps now explore. I knew about the old mining Elizabethtown, but never had I known its significance and the people associated there. I had visited the St. James Hotel in Cimarron briefly without time to investigate further. Now I have a clearer understanding of its base story. Loretta Tollefson offers vignettes which piece frontier New Mexico. Meticulous, authentic language took me three as if I had time traveled. Old Pete's mule accident reminded me of what might have happened to Kit Carson who injured his ribs not his eye in a similar circumstance. Native Indians intermixed with Hispanics and Anglos just as I imagined they did at that time. Tollefson paints a collage of sometimes true, sometimes fictitious, but always lifelike anecdotes. It's poignant, dramatic, and eye opening. I highly recommend you read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaye Lynne Booth

    Most of these stories feature Old One Eye Pete, an old trapper who wanders the New Mexico mountains with his horse and pack mule, and knows more about the people, the area and the goings on there than near anyone in the territory. These stories are brief, and great reads when you just have a short wait or a few minutes to kill. A light, easy read that made me chuckle from time to time. True western short fiction. See my full review on my blog: https://kayelynnebooth.wordpress.com/... Most of these stories feature Old One Eye Pete, an old trapper who wanders the New Mexico mountains with his horse and pack mule, and knows more about the people, the area and the goings on there than near anyone in the territory. These stories are brief, and great reads when you just have a short wait or a few minutes to kill. A light, easy read that made me chuckle from time to time. True western short fiction. See my full review on my blog: https://kayelynnebooth.wordpress.com/...

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