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April 19, 1998

Our church celebration was a wonderful success. We had about 180 people attend at least part of the day. We had church at 11 a.m. with a reunion choir leading the songs. A catered dinner followed the church service at noon then at 2 p.m. we had the 120th anniversary celebration worship service. That was followed by a cake and punch reception that I was in charge of. It was a good day of visiting and fellowship by many members and former members of our church, the WaKeeney Presbyterian Church.

April 20, 1998

Larry started the day by being in the field by 7a.m. to plant corn. I had to take the empty fertilizer tank our to Big Creek Fertilizer and have it filled, then take it back to the field. In the afternoon I took the plaques to Hays to be engraved for the hospital endowment appreciation banquet that will be April 30. The hospital received a tax credit grant from the state of Kansas last year. That means instead of paying Kansas income tax you could give the money to the hospital for a new physical therapy addition and receive a 70% tax credit. We were fortunate to receive $285,000 in donations for $200,000 in tax credits that we were able to give. We do have several plaques and recognition that we want to give to people who were generous with their donations to this project.

April 21, 1998

We have a good routine going now. Larry starts the planter by 7 a.m., then Joe comes out about 9 a.m. to run the tractor so Larry can do other things. I go out about 8a.m. to get the empty fertilizer tank, bring it to town, get it filled, then take it back to the field. Larry comes in at 11a.m. to eat so he can work a long noon hour. Joe comes out and works until dark. This evening we went to KSU Fort Hays Experiment station appreciation dinner. We enjoyed the evening, hearing about the experiment station's latest projects, visiting with friends from around the area and meeting new people. They also serve the best steaks in the country!

April 22, 1998

We followed the same routine as yesterday in the morning. Larry has been plowing terraces on the irrigation circle. Larry and Joe planted corn on one half of the irrigation circle today. In the afternoon I went to our monthly Presbyterian Women's meeting and gave the program on the book of Esther. I found it interesting and I hope the rest of the group did.

April 23, 1998

Our routine is still going. The second half of the irrigation circle was planted today. Larry also had the fallowmaster going this afternoon. Milo drove the tractor with the fallowmaster after he finished feeding cattle.

April 24, 1998

We may finish planting corn by Saturday night. We followed our same routine as the past few days.

April 25, 1998

We reached our goal. We planted 715 acres of corn this week. Big Creek got the last of it sprayed yesterday. Now all we need is rain at the right time this summer to make a corn crop. We went to a new place to eat in our area called The Gustafson House for supper tonight. We were with friends celebrating a birthday. It was good food. It is a farm home in the country that serves dinner by reservation only Friday and Saturday nights. It was nice to finish such a busy week with a nice evening.

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