We grew up exploring the woods and the valleys in the open spaces of farmland, and on rainy days with any free time granted, the big old barns provided a stage for vivid imaginary play. A bale of straw made an awesome barricade from the bad guys, and our imaginary finger-and-thumb guns kept them at […]
Sometimes the heart makes our path in life.
“Do you know what a strip cup is?” asked a silver-haired man who still considers himself a dairy farm boy. I am beginning to feel like an old-timer, knowing the answer to such things. One day while at work, this fellow began telling me stories about his jobs on the farm when he was a […]
Columnist Judie Sutherland may not have carried milk cans, but milking cows in a straight-eight stanchion parlor gives her a few braggin’ rights of her own.
A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. — Carl Sandburg By Judith Sutherland Farm and Dairy columnist When I was a newlywed 30 years ago, one of my best days went like this: my sister went in to the hospital to have a baby. I spent the day caring for her […]
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace.”— Milan Kundera I was raised a dog lover. Maybe it is born in […]
If I could have just one more day with my grandmother, I would treasure her stories beyond measure.
Some days come and go with little left behind to be held in our memory. Some are emblazoned forever. Wings of steel It was a beautiful morning as I ran my errands last Wednesday. I had spent time with a great friend, and we talked about how neighbors and friends used to be there for […]
Let me preface this column by saying I most definitely could happily live far away from the world without a television. It is incomprehensible to me that some people have a television in every room of their home and go a little crazy if they can’t connect to one during a power outage. With that […]
Once in a while, it is good to be reminded of the power of Mother Nature. Our daughter and friends were here one evening recently, enjoying a late-day swim and a summertime supper. A breeze began to kick up. The skies began to fill with clouds and we heard a rumble so faint that Caroline […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
(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 […]
“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 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 […]
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 […]
“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.” […]
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 […]
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 […]