Lake County, Illinois

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My parents, Richard and Gertrude Rost, bought this house and 10 acres on Kelsey Road, Barrington, IL, around 1944 and raised three children there. The area around us was mostly farms for many years. They bought a horse for my brother, and we had various other critters. My dad drove many commuting hours to work in Chicago, and it wasn't until later in life that I realized what a sacrifice he made in order to choose this kind of idyllic country lifestyle for us all. Our mother died in 1983 and Dad sold the property in the 1990s. Both are gone now, much has changed in the neighborhood, but the house still stands now in 2014.

—Elda Stone