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She Walked Beside the Wagon

 

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Lizzie Kate Longstreet (Hunter) Rich and Frank Rich Guardian angels. I believe we all have one. And currently mine is looking down on me with rolled eyes and her head shaking saying, "Heather, the good Lord thinks this would be a grand day for you to finally get your s*** together." (I'm sure she's cussed a time or two in her day or I wouldn't be feeling so kindred).

I believe five foot tall Lizzie Kate Longstreet (Hunter) Rich, my great, great grandmother, with her dark, raven hair is my guardian angel. Here's why...

The stories of Grandma Lizzie have always intrigued me. She came west with her family on an oxen train in 1864 from Missouri and settled in Montana where she met her husband Frank Rich. It was always said Lizzie was a crack shot and a helluva horsewoman, breaking her last colt at age 76 while riding sidesaddle.

 One of the stories my grandpa C.B. used to tell was of a feisty pony that kept bucking him off and running back to the barn leav...



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