Great Riches in History

So being Rich does not always mean monetary gain.

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My last name is Rich.  First of all, there is the defunct Rich’s department store of old downtown Atlanta fame.  My relative was the Rich that sold his part of the store before it was famous, like Roebuck was to Sears.  Mr. Roebuck was the partner that eventually sold out to Mr. Sears.  It used to be called “Sears, Roebuck and Company.”  Then the Roebuck was reduced to a tiny by line and then completely disappeared.

I had a relative who once owned all of Tate, Georgia and the entire county.  And my grandma Rich was one of two sisters.  The brothers received all the land, as was indicative of southern traditions at the time.  The women were expected to marry and obtain what the husband had.  Oh well, no riches here.  I guess they all married poor husbands or something.

Then there was cousin Nickie Rich who caught the second place world record largemouth bass back in the 60’s.  But records were made to be broken.  My other rich relatives loved to hunt.  There was nothing short of 28 deer head, a few largemouth bass, and a bobcat prominently displayed in their tiny house.  Not much place for the furniture.  But they sure had some fine eating going on. 

Although famous relatives of yesteryear seem to have eluded our family, so to have the infamous criminals.  Both sides of my family claim Irish origins.  Many people claim fame through their past relatives.  I am content to be unknown and fade into the background like camouflage.  But I might enjoy some tasty venison or good fried fish from those very successful hunting relatives.  And some irish potatoes from the garden.  It will suit me just fine if eating that potato is as close as I ever get to my claimed Irish heritage.  So being Rich does not always mean monetary gain.  After all, it is what is in a name.  As for me, I was born Rich and will die Rich, probably in name only.

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5 Comments
  1. Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Intriguing.

  2. Posted November 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I like it.

  3. Posted November 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    We used to shop at Riches and I remember the old Sears and Roebuck catalogs and their store in Rome. Time does move on.

  4. Posted November 20, 2011 at 12:13 am

    haha, eat Irish potatoes for the purpose of claiming your heritage! This sounds fun.

  5. Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing.

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