|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. |