MY HOME ON ROUTE 45, 5 MILES FROM NEOGA AND 8 MILES FROM MATTOON AND THE FOLKS RETIREMRNT HOME

 This house faced Route 45 and across the highway was Lambert Grade School. I lived here from 1930 to 1944 and my folks lived here from 1930 to 1950. To the right of the house is the garage we lived in for about a year after the old house burned until the new house was built.

Folks retirement home about one mile north of big house. Ted Stewart was a fine farm hand employed by Dad for many years. In the 1930s for a salary of about one dollar per day, he lived with his folks in Neoga drove his model A Ford to our farm,10 miles round trip, every day but Sunday and brought his own sack lunch. In 1940, Ted told Dad that he wanted to marry Dorothy Nickles and that he might have to seek other employment. Rather than lose Ted, Dad for $1,000 had the house shown built for Ted. Ted and Dorothy lived in the house but unfortunately she died in about 1943. When Dad decided to retire from active farming in 1950, they had the house enlarged and modernized and built a new 2 car garage with a big shop. Ted with his daughter moved to Neoga to a house across the street from the Ralstons. Ted became a very valuable employee of a lumber company and daughter Rita became a fine nurse. Dad had a Farmall H tractor, a pickup truck and a boat with a 9.9 HP Johnson outboard motor. The Goads who farmed the land moved into the big house. Our visits with them until the early 1970s were great fun.

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