I lived in Ripley, Oklahoma when I was a child. My aunt taught school (4th grade) in Ripley and I lived with her for several years. I spent many hours with Billy McGinty just visiting and touring his little museum. He had lots of letters from Teddy Roosevelt that began "Dear Billy" and were signed "Your Friend, Teddy". As he grew older, his wife said many times that his doctor told him he needed to stay off horses, but he would sneak off and ride anyway. I heard that he was the only man to ride his horse up the steps to the white house, but I don't know if that's true. He lived in a very modest little house in Ripley and you'd never know he was famous.
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