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What Courage Looks Like

Subdeacon Joe

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These four sisters (l.-r.), Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie and Ruth Crisman, photographed in 1886, near Custer County, Nebraska, knew how blessed they were to have each other, as so many other women suffered the loneliness of the frontier. 


“It was a frontier saying that homesteading was a gamble: ‘Yeah, the United States Government is betting you 160 acres of land that you can’t live on it eight months.’” —Edith Eudora Kohl in her homesteading memoir, Land of the Burnt Thigh Solomon Butcher.


More Real Women of the West at https://truewestmagazine.com/article/the-real-women-of-the-wild-west/

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My grandfather's homestead soddy in North Dakota, 1908. I still own the mineral rights and collect a quarterly oil royalty check. :)



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