Posted: Mar 28, 2013 11:39 AM by Heath Heggem - MTN News
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 11:40 AM
GREAT FALLS - Jeanette Rankin is a name to be reckoned with in Montana, and we're not talking about the politician from the early and mid-20th century.
This Jeanette Rankin is 82 years young and she's the boss of a registered cattle operation.
"I've always been a workaholic, all my life, ever since I was a kid. I worked my way through college, you know, and work's part of my life," Rankin said.
"The driving force on our ranch, as far as keeping us in the Gelbvieh business. She knows the cows genetics. She knows the pedigree, all the way back from the first bulls that came into the States in the early 70s," her daughter Kathleen said.
Jeanette says she's not a typical woman - she doesn't like to shop, doesn't sew, and one of her main modes of transportation is a four-wheeler, stepping out of her horse's saddle about 15 years ago.
"He got too old and then I got too old for anything young. So, I went to the four-wheeler. I go from pasture to pasture," she said.
And about the name - is there any relation between this Jeanette and the first U.S. Congresswoman who infamously voted against the U.S. entry into World War II?
"I don't think there was any connection whatsoever. The fact that I married this name. I keep telling people, she was a 'Miss!'"
Kathleen said, "My grandfather used to say, 'We're not related close enough to help us, but it doesn't hurt us either.'"
Unlike the congresswoman, Jeannette says there's no way she could have voted against World War II. While their politics may not align, both women made names for themselves in tough professions that required them to put up with a lot of "bull."