Letters (July 13, 2016)

Poor farm needs help to survive

“Reclaiming a treasure” (June 29 issue) was like frosting on a June mulberry angel food cake with whip­ped fluffy cream clouds. The article was powerful and well-expressed. Thank you!

I have withdrawn from trying to save the building and am getting out of the way so that others with capabilities and resources can step in to define its unique and abundant history that records “the culture of the poor” in mid-America before welfare and Social Security laws were implemented.

The names of the volunteers from Trinity Menno­nite Church were Phyl and Norma Duquesne (trimming and sweeping), Patin Funk (picking up and trimming), Larry Funk (mowing), Lloyd Funk (tractor mowing and moving branch piles), Alvin Hett (trimming and picking up), Roger Hofer (mowing), Kenton and Nancy Kaufman (chain saw, picking up, trimming, sweeping), Ken and Doris Koenigsberg (picking up and trimming), Galen Penner (hauling brush piles), George Schute (guiding mowing and hauling piles).

Seeing their equipment, cars and trucks fill the roadside brought tears of relief. Can angels take the form of pickups, because I felt an angelic presence. ’Twas a holy feeling. There seemed to be a divine sacrifice of sweat, toil and determination.

I ask forgiveness to the folks inside and outside of Marion County who have had encounters with me and have felt offended in any way. Please overlook my faults and focus on what is really important. The poor farm needs your goodwill, your prayers and your interest to survive. It is storm beaten and is once again an orphan without strong management.

As in the 1880s, I pray that once again the county commissioners will listen to their humanitarian spirit and save the place.

Nancy Marr


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