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Joan Sewell Gilbert (1931-
Born in Dixon, Missouri, she worked as a journalist for many years, contributing a monthly column to Saddle and Bridle magazine on horses in history. Much of her work was centred around Missouri, including three collections of Missouri-
Her early interest in horses was sparked by her mother reading her Black Beauty, an interest she kept throughout her life. She went to university in Missouri, left to get married, and completed her degree by correspondence. Her earliest jobs included working for the Columbia Tribune newspaper, and she became women’s editor. Much of the news about the society women she featured involved their horses.
When her first marriage ended, she returned to Dixon, and married Ira Gilbert in 1962. She carried on writing, with her first book, Summerhill Summer, appearing in 1967. In total, she wrote over 700 articles and short stories.
Finding the books: all are easy to find in the USA; none were published in the UK.
Sources and links
Obituary, Columbia Daily Tribune, November 10, 2013
Jane Simmons: Joan Gilbert -
Annie Nelson: Joan Gilbert as a collector of ghost stories (Columbia Tribune, October 28, 2007)
National Library of Congress
More on Missouri Horses
Many thanks to Laura Stanton for her help
Bibliography: horse books only
Bethany Press, St Louis, 1967, 208 pp.
"Much against her wishes, Judy Turner goes to spend the summer with her brother Ted and
his family at their large, mystery-
acquainted with Barry, nephew of the former horse trainer at Summerhill."
Canal History and Technology Press, Easton, PA, 2004, illus Kathhryn Schaar Burke. 243 pp.
Missouri Horses: Gift to a Nation
Mogho Books, Hallsville, MO, 2003, sketches by Adele Graham
Non fiction: traces the history of the horse in North America through the its use in Missouri.
Mogho Books, Hallsville, MO, 2007, illus Adele Graham
A fictional title involving Saddlebreds.