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Oh, did we raise chickens! It was a major source of income for the Scheckel family on the Oak Grove Ridge farm in the heart of Crawford County…

“Nothing is better than agriculture, nothing richer, nothing sweeter, nothing more fitting for a free person.” Cicero 56 BC

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The older I become the more I appreciate the little things about Christmas and cherish memories of Christmases past.

“It’s alright. Take your skates to school and walk to the rink from there. Dad or I will pick you up when it gets dark. That’s about 5:30 and …

Free shows were a blessing to the Scheckel kids growing up in the 1940s and 1950s on the farm outside of Seneca in the heart of Crawford Count…

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The Scheckel farm out on Oak Grove Ridge near Seneca in the heart of Crawford County saw REA string electric wires on poles in 1941. The house…

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Life is measured by the passage of time and the season of deer hunting gives me plenty of moments to reflect on past memories.

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In May of 1952, I graduated from high school and looked forward to the end of my formal education. I was 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy with…

There are wonderful surprises and discoveries on the farm. This is especially true in springtime when everything seems to be happening at once…

I am generally an optimistic fella who sees the H2O in the vessel as half-full most days.

In the middle of one of my ridgetop clearings stands a large shagbark hickory tree that’s nearly 100 feet tall.

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It’s apple harvest season with community festivals celebrating the fruit and many commercial orchards open for picking and family fun.

I’ve always been fascinated with bridges, ever since as a youngster our family drove across the Mackinac Bridge for the first time.

No doubt many older folks are sometimes asked by their grandchildren what was their favorite fast food. Of course, the grandparents did not ha…

Continuing from last week, the Scheckel boys had plenty of wildlife all around them growing up. But every now and then there was still a surpr…

Wildlife on a farm? Yes, indeed. Not the exotic jungle animals of Africa or those of a zoo, but plenty of creatures to interest the nine Schec…