From the late 1930s to 1940s, the daughter of Yugoslavian immigrants was half of the singing duo The Rodeo Girls. Rose Thelma Pozgay (r.) and her friend Rachele joined numerous other performers a-singin', a-strummin', and just havin' a high ol' time on the barn dance.

A glance at the photos shows these cowpokes and cowgals seemingly on the range on horseback and just settin' a spell in the barn.

Truth is, these kids were from the south side of Chicago and northwestern Indiana, in the shadow of the steel mills and other factories in the heart of the Midwest that provided work for the common folk just tryin' to make a living.
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That's Rodeo Rose singing "Cowboy's Sweetheart," penned by Patsy Montana