Monday, November 05, 2001

 
The Post-Dispatch ran this interesting story about Emma Buck and the 160 year old farm that she lives on. Emma is 97 years old and has left the farm less than two dozen times in her life -- "we weren't the traveling kind" she says. The farm has been almost perfectly preserved over the last century and a half. Emma lives in the same log cabin that her great uncle built. It has no electricity, heat, or plumbing, the same as the rest of the farm. Emma still draws buckets of water from the well or the cistern, and though she doesn't farm anymore, she does hand-sharpen all of her grandfather's ancient farming tools with a whetstone on a weekly basis.

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