Photo 21-MWA-6

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This is the farm I grew up on. In 1978 it became a "Minnesota Century Farm" as my great great grandmother, Calista Jane settled there in 1878. Her husband had just died from TB, and her and her son John, my great grandfather, bought the farm from the railroad. My family originally settled in the U.S. in Westerly, Rhode Island in 1668. The became intimately connected to the Seventh Day Baptist church and whenever they moved westward, they settled near one of the SDB churches. The family moved to DeRuyter NY, then Janesville WI, and finally Trenton MN always near one of the SDB churches. The church and town of Trenton gradually shriveled away when the major railroad was constructed several miles to the east. The only remaining marker of the town of Trenton is the SDB church cemetery where several of my family members are buried just a mile east of this farm. My dad, who was born in this house, still lives there... once and always a farmer.

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