By Tiffany Amber Stockton
Last month, the famous horse, Misty of Chincoteague, received spotlight treatment right here. I shared about her birth, how she came to be beloved by children all around the world, and how her name lives on in books penned by Marguerite Henry, as well as in the movie that was made based on the book and the museum established on the island.
If you missed last month's post, you can view it here: https://www.hhhistory.com/2021/04/a-world-famous-horse-misty.html.
THE BEEBE FAMILY
As the owner of a horse ranch on the little island, Clarence became known as the "Chincoteague Pony Man." He developed a solid reputation for breeding and gentling ponies from Assateague which he purchased during the annual Pony Penning Day events. Although the book and movie portray Paul and Maureen Beebe as living with their grandparents, that part is fictionalized. The children lived with their parents, but spent a lot of time at the Beebe Ranch.
|Paul & Maureen Beebe|
Misty ended up being that horse.
|Maureen & the Phantom|
|Home of Clarence & Ida Beebe|
|Beebe Ranch business card|
What began as a simple island man with a dream turned into a legacy that's enchanted hundreds of thousands and spanned several generations.
|Beebe Ranch museum|
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN:
* What legacies exist in your own family that have been passed down through the generations?
* Have you ever read a book that was a fictionalized account of real life in some way only to later discover the "facts" presented in the book were a result of the author's creativity and didn't really happen that way? What was the book and what did the author change?
Leave answers to these questions or any comments on the post below. Next month, I'll be sharing about my grandfather and his direct ties to the island of Chincoteague. Come back on the 9th of June to find out more.
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of having a very active imagination and cited with talking entirely too much. Today, she has honed those skills to become an award-winning and best-selling author and speaker who is also an advocate for literacy as an educational consultant with Usborne Books. She loves to share life-changing products and ideas with others to help better their lives.
She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, along with their two children, two dogs, and two cats in Colorado. She has sold twenty (24) books so far and is represented by Tamela Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. You can find her on Facebook and GoodReads.