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Kate McHale was a young farmer near Greeley CO in the early 1900's, she dismounted to open a gate and a rattlesnake appeared. While her 3-year-old son Ernie stayed on the horse, she killed at least 140 rattlesnakes. Kate used some of the skins to make a dress and shoes (now in the Greeley museum). Kate married and divorced six times, and was a taxidermist, farmer, midwife, and bootlegger."
1846 - Elizabeth Newcom enlists in Company D of the Missouri Volunteer Infantry as Bill Newcom for the Mexican War, making her possibly the first woman to serve in the military. She marches 600 miles from Missouri to winter camp at Pueblo, Colorado, before she is discovered to be a woman and discharged.