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Despite the fact that the trader's license was issued to Marion Tracy, Goldie did the bulk of the work of running the store. She learned to drive an automobile so that she could bring water from a well several miles away and haul wood she chopped to sell in Tucson. When Goldie went into town to pick up supplies, her car was never empty. People who knew her still describe how Goldie could carry two 100-pound grain sacks and casually swing them into a wagon or truckbed.

Tracy's Trading Post
Tracy's Trading Post at San Simon, Arizona, around 1940. Photo courtesy of Marian Coplen Futch.

Goldie was known as a good friend to her Indian neighbors. During the Depression years of the 1930s, she is credited with reviving the diminishing market for the beautiful yucca and beargrass coiled Tohono O'odham baskets (see Goldie Richmond and the Arts and Crafts Board). One clever strategy she employed was to write letters with the return address, "Indian Curio Shop",and send them all over the East Coast to solicit orders, which she received in great number. Soon she was shipping off all the baskets that she could get her hands on.

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