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Local Farmers Harvest Crops For Grieving Neighbor




Farmers from the Archbold, Pettisville, and Wauseon areas gathered with their equipment to harvest the fields of Rodney and Brenda Short on Friday, Oct. 24. The Shorts' daughter, Clarissa, died in an all-terrain vehicle crash less than a week earlier. Top: combines gather to unload shelled corn into grain carts towed by tractors. Bottom: Corn was loaded into 15 semi rigs to be taken to the elevator.-photo by David Pugh;     courtesy photo by Chris Rychener

Farmers from the Archbold, Pettisville, and Wauseon areas gathered with their equipment to harvest the fields of Rodney and Brenda Short on Friday, Oct. 24. The Shorts’ daughter, Clarissa, died in an all-terrain vehicle crash less than a week earlier. Top: combines gather to unload shelled corn into grain carts towed by tractors. Bottom: Corn was loaded into 15 semi rigs to be taken to the elevator.-photo by David Pugh; courtesy photo by Chris Rychener

Farmers from the Archbold, Pettisville and Wauseon areas came to the aid of a grieving family, Friday, Oct. 24.

A total of 13 combines and about a half-dozen large grain carts with tractors to pull them, harvested corn from fields farmed by Rodney and Brenda Short, rural Fayette.

Another five tractors and tillage equipment were at work later in the morning, working up the ground.

The Shorts’ daughter, Clarissa, was killed Saturday afternoon, Oct. 18, in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

“I think because of the situation, farmers said they wanted to do something to help the family,” said Chris Rychener, Pettisville.

The farmers working on the project harvested three fields, totaling about 100 acres in about two hours. There were 15 semi trucks to transport the grain to Archbold Elevator.

Rychener said farm women prepared an afternoon meal, which was being served in a barn owned by Dean Nofziger, rural Wauseon. Dean is Clarissa’s grandfather.

 

 

The project was organized by Greg Nofziger, an uncle to Clarissa.

Rychener said there was such an outpouring of support from the farm community, “They turned down as much equipment as showed up,” he said.- David Pugh

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