A native Montanan, Linda Grosskopf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with an English major and a Secretarial Business minor. She put those degrees to work in several career fields, employed as an executive secretary for a variety of independent landmen for about a decade and as an instructor at Billings Business College for a couple of years. She has lived in Japan for nine months and in Tatarstan, Russia, for eight months. She infinitely prefers God's country and seldom travels and then reluctantly.
Early in 1995, Linda went to work for Pat Goggins, and since that time she has been editor of one or the other of his three well-respected weekly ag papers published in Billings, Montana—Agri-News, Western Livestock Reporter, and Western Ag Reporter. In that position, she has earned a reputation as a tell-it-like-it-is newswoman, and she has enjoyed an unusually close relationship with her vast and diverse readership. Her passion, however, is preserving history—the stories and the photographs—for the generations to follow. Linda has written, edited, and/or published numerous family and ranch histories (see website wordwrightwomen.com). On Flatwillow Creek: The Story of Montana's N Bar Ranch, published in 1991 and written by Linda, was her first major project, and it literally changed her life. Since then, she has edited No Better Bull, the autobiography of Les Leachman, published in 2003; co-authored Setting the Record Straight: The R-CALF Story, 2006; compiled and edited Treasures from Bill's Warbag, a collection of true stories written by her great-grandfather, Bill Huntington, 2006 (see website billhuntington.com); authored Challenges Above and Beyond, the biography of former Montana Governor Tim Babcock, 2008; co-edited The Weak Ones Turned Back, The Cowards Never Started: A Century of Ranching in Montana, 2009; co-edited Charlie Russell: The Cowboy Years Volumes I & II by Jane Lambert, 2011; edited Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses by Charlotte Caldwell, 2012; wrote Pat Goggins' 528-page biography, appropriately titled As I Saw It, 2012; co-edited Since the Days of the Buffalo: A History of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch by Michael Bugenstein, 2012; and co-edited The Real Wolf by Ted Lyon and Will Graves, 2013. Linda's next project will be, when completed, another major project about the history of ranching on Montana's Crow Reservation for which she's been collecting material since the late 1980s.
Ranch-raised in the midst of a multi-generational family located on Indian Creek east of Billings on the ranch that's been in her mother's family since the early 1930s, Linda lives today just a couple of miles north of her family's ranch with four saddlehorses and two barn cats. Linda's spare time is joyfully spent horseback on the family ranch, cowboying with her brother Mike, nephew Clint, nephew-in-law Rance, and an assortment of treasured family and friends. Surrounded by four generations of family, Linda considers herself blessed to live and work in God's country.