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Proud to Be a Farmer in Southern Illinois
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BOB    Posted 03-15-2002 at 18:40:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm the son of a son of a son and thereon of a farmer. Started while attending college for a bio-med job in 1991. While attending college tragedy struck dad in 1992 with a diagnois of luekemia. Decided to take over the full operation. I farm a total of 1000 acres in S. Illinois while some farmers farm 3000 in the area and can't get enough. I love my job and most of all I enjoy making a living at what I love to do while being able to show my two boys how to respect the elements we live in everyday. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in 1995 and never intend to leave the farm, is this a wasted degree? No way, College provided me a way to see the outside world and its mass difficult indiferrences, Thank you God for giving me the chance to fullfill a dream few people get to live in a world that gets tougher everyday!!

Terry    Posted 03-18-2002 at 11:00:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Bob:

Great post, thanks for sharing. Up until I was thirteen, I grew up surrounded by my paternal grandfather's farm in East Central Missouri. Then grandpa died, and the farm was sold off. I didn't know how great it was, always the case.
My wife and I looked at some property across the Mississippi River in Calhoun County - absolutely beautiful, but only accessable by ferry, or a VERY long drive, had to pass. Wound up buying 38 acres in Southeast Oklahoma from my wifes brother. Plan to move there in three years.


MoonshineSteve    Posted 03-18-2002 at 20:41:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found this a few weeks ago, thought I would share it with y'all, here it is.

The Country Boy's Creed

(Note: The Country Boy's Creed was used by organizations for farm boys
during the early part of this century)

I believe that the Country which God made is more beautiful than the City which man made; that life out-of-doors and in touch
with the earth is the natural life of man.

I believe that work is work wherever we find it, but that work with Nature is more inspiring than work with the most intricate

I believe that the dignity-of labor depends not on what you do, but on how you do it; that opportunity comes to a boy on the farm as
often as to a boy in the city, that life is larger and freer and happier on the farm than in the town, that my success depends not
upon my location, but upon myself - not upon my dreams, but upon what I actually do, not upon luck, but upon pluck.

I believe in working when you work - and in playing when you play and in giving and demanding a square deal in every act of life.

Dedicated to the Boys' Corn Clubs of Virginia by Edwin Osgood Grover

Roger    Posted 03-16-2002 at 19:24:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Bob. We live in Granite City, but have a small farm in DuBois Il. I work for the City of Granite. So on the weekends its load up and get to the country. I can almost smell the fresh air as I type. Cant wait till the weather breaks.

CJC    Posted 03-18-2002 at 19:47:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know Granite pretty well, where is DuBois?, I think I recognize the name, not Madison county though, is it?

Roger    Posted 03-16-2002 at 19:22:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Bob. We live in Granite City, but have a small farm in DuBois Il. I work for the City of Granite. So on the weekends its load up and get to the country. I can almost smell the fresh air as I write.

Hurk    Posted 03-16-2002 at 10:29:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Bob,
I think you should do what makes you happy. All the sucess in anything and unhappy to me is no life. Good luck. I have a small place in Dongola on 40 acres. I spend all the time I can there. I live in northern Illinois. My one son of four that is 17 now want to live there and go to SIU when he gets out of high school. Do you think that is to far away for a student to be driving each day?
Again good luck.

BoB    Posted 03-16-2002 at 21:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
No It's probably under 40 miles from c-dale, sounds great to me!!

CJC    Posted 03-18-2002 at 19:53:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just tell him to be careful on the stretch from, Anna to C'dale lot's a folks used to have bad wrecks out there when I lived in that area. And bring plenty of good tackle, the fishing is great around there..lot's of good places to explore...for instance "Panthers Den" where there is a Confederate graveyard, I have been told it was a prison camp style place but don't know if the graves are from that or from men who served in the Confederate army...I just happened on it by mistake a long time ago, it's on the road that goes by Little Grassy Lake and Devils Kitchen Lake, but I can't remember the name of the road..anyway, thanks for letting me ramble

Les...fortunate    Posted 03-16-2002 at 03:38:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry about your dad. Good for you. Now just don't be posting a "Farmer's will" like the one below in 40 years or so.

CJC    Posted 03-15-2002 at 19:59:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whereabouts do you live. We are in S Il also. Did you got to SIU?

Glad to see a fellow "southerner" From what most people think is a state that is made up completely of a certain "C" city.......

Don't know about you but I thought that Thunderstorm today was a definite sign that spring is a comming, and the winds have all been from the west this March, as another poster pointed out, this should be a good year for the crops. Much luck to ya.

BOB    Posted 03-16-2002 at 21:19:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live in the south western Il, and I hope we get another good year this year actually about 40 more would be great. Cant wait for spring!!!!

Dave in Mo    Posted 03-18-2002 at 05:26:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bob, you must be down near Metropolis/Paducah area, right?

CJC    Posted 03-18-2002 at 19:44:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like Southwestern, IL.......I take that to be Belleville and south, some folks say I70 and south.

Glad to see some "locals" on here with me, kinda feel left out sometimes.......

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