Stories by Judith Sutherland

Barns can be perfect setting for love

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The old barns that have stood the test of time seem perfectly placed on the farm, with much thought given before even a single rock was placed for a sturdy foundation. With this symbolism in mind, why not hold a wedding ceremony there? Our bank barn was built in the mid-1800s, so it is antique […]

Part VI: Hardships make people stronger

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 1920s to the early ‘40s were good years for Charlie and Anna Myers. They had finally found the farm that they would call home, where their youngest daughter, Virginia, was born the night they moved in, and where her wedding ceremony was held in 1938. The couple worked hard with a successful small farm, […]

Farm life was hard, but joy-filled

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Part V “A man is entitled to one good dog and one good woman in his life,” Charlie was known to say. After pausing, he then said, “Well, I had me a good dog once.” His bright blue eyes would sparkle and he would smile as those around him laughed. I would be willing to […]

Making the best of a rough decision

Thursday, June 6, 2013

(Part Four)As members of what was known as the Eckley community in the 1920s, the energetic couple farming the old Schuck farm was known to everyone as Charlie and Mrs. Myers. I find this description very telling, as Charlie was a jovial friend to all, and by every description I have ever heard, his wife […]

Part IV: Caring often meant family separation

Thursday, May 30, 2013

“It sure beat starving,” Charlie would often say of the many ‘room and board’ deals he struck for himself and his brothers over the years of their hard-scrabble childhood.

Part III: The goal is to keep the family together

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Part III Charlie was only 12 when his life changed dramatically. He recalled years later the somber train ride from the city he had called home, leaving the bustling business his family owned in Pittsburgh for a farm in the middle of no where in Ohio with an uncle who was a taskmaster. Before boarding […]

Judith Sutherland: Young man persists, despite hardships

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sometimes the most impressive lives bear unspeakable sorrow but the story is told with a glow of perseverance, or simply never told at all. — Margaret Allenwood, 1902 Part II (See Part I) Anna Chloe spent her life with a steely determination to accomplish farm and house work. Her somber presence stood in stark contrast […]

Judith Sutherland: Papa was a farmer

Thursday, May 9, 2013

“She would gather the eggs in her apron, studying each one, deciding whether this one was a keeper egg or one she would take to town to sell for pennies. Her husband, fortunately, was blessed with the patience of Job, remaining quiet as his wife pinched a nickel until it turned in to a dime.” […]

Planting excitement returns in spring

Thursday, May 2, 2013

When the calendar turns to May, every farmer I know comes down with the fever to turn wheels and kick it in to high gear. Spring weather One day last week, I had the good fortune to enjoy lunch with several farmers I’ve known all my life. It was a gloomy, rainy day with such […]

Spring: Time for new life and gratitude

Thursday, April 25, 2013

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist With the birth of a beautiful Haflinger colt, the farm is coming alive again. This sturdy little fellow arrived on his own time, though Doug had been staying close to the mare in case assistance might be needed. He came in the house to eat a quick bite […]

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About Judith

Judith Sutherland, born and raised on an Ohio family dairy farm, now lives on a 70-acre farm not far from the area where her father’s family settled in the 1850s. Appreciating the tranquility of rural life, Sutherland enjoys sharing a view of her world through writing. Other interests include teaching, reading, training dogs and raising puppies. She and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter, in college.