Hess, Fjeril

About the author

Fjeril Hess (b.1893) was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She was educated at MacMurray College, and then taught in Nevada’s Big Smoky Valley. She served as director of sports for the American YWCA in Prague and Bratislava, Czechoslovakia from 1919–1921. On her return from Czechoslovakia she became managing editor of the Woman’s Press magazine. She has written several ranch-based books, which I haven’t included, being unsure how much actual horse content they have. If you can enlighten me, please do!

Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find, though not necessarily with its dustjacket. It appears to be available as a print-on-demand title, but the real thing is considerably cheaper.

Links and sources
The Hess papers are at the Lilly Library, University of Indiana
Thank you to Lisa Catz for the photograph and summary.

Bibliography (horse books only)

Saddle and Bridle

The Macmillan Company, New York, 1936, 214 pp, illus Margaret Ayer

Brenda goes on holiday to her uncle’s ranch in northern Colorado. A city girl, she soon learns to love ranch life, and to have fun. However, she was brought to the ranch to do more than just have fun, her uncle hoping the tactful Brenda can sort out the family friction that is troubling the ranch.