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Thursday, March 15, 1951

LONG VALLEY, March 15 --- Three young girls turned up missing from hoe the other night and the whole town was lathered up about it by morning.

One of them is Nancy Turner, the druggist’s daughter. “She was over at the Jepson’s and when she didn’t come home for supper we thought they’d asked her to stay,” Milo Turner said. “But it got later and later and my wife was just getting ready to phone Mrs.. Jepson when she phoned us. She thought the girls must be at our house/”

Babara Jepson and Nancy are both 13. They said they were going for a walk and left the Jepson place about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Darlene, Barbara’s 8 year old sister, went with them.

Roy Jepson’s land backs up against the foothill’s, where some of the neighbors were out all night with flashlights helping him hunt for the girls. But there’s some pretty rough country back in there. It takes horses to cover much of it fast.

I’ll bring horses over from the ranch,” I told Milo, “and meet you at Jepson’s in an hour.” Some folks were buzzing around town that Nancy and Barbara might have taken a notion to run away from home. That didn’t make much sense to me. I figure girls that age, if they did set out to leave home, wouldn’t take a kid sister along.

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In 1951, Hopalong Cassidy had a daily column that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country.  Sagebrush Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to share these columns with you and will present them on a weekly basis.

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