First and Second Kings: The True Story of Eccentric Millionaires Who Lived Like Paupers

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The true story of eccentric millionaires who lived like paupers. A remarkable tale of a ranch wife's fifty year friendship with millionaire bachelor brothers who lived like paupers in the Porcupine Hills of southwestern Alberta. Mary-Jo Burles takes you into the lives of the eccentric King Brothers. With her trademark rustic eloquence she vividly describes what made the pioneer cattle ranchers legends and how they amassed the fortune they left behind. The media called Maurice and Harold King "Hillbilly Millionaires" but Mary-Jo Burles always called Maurice and Harold friends.

Mary-Jo Burles has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, The Family Herald, and many other publications. The King Brothers were among the first people she met when she moved to Alberta as a young schoolteacher. She married a cattle rancher, raised six children, and remained in the Porcupine Hills near Cowley, Alberta. At the age of 70, after sixteen years of correspondence courses, Mary-Jo Burles earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.