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Farm Neighbors Help Grieving Family



Farm Neighbors Help Grieving Family

Neighbors joined together to harvest the corn fields of Rod Short, Friday, Oct. 24.–photos by David Pugh

    Farmers from the Archbold, Pettisville, and Wauseon areas came to the aid of a grieving family, Friday morning, Oct. 24.
    A total of 13 combines and about a half-dozen large grain carts with tractors to pull them, harvested corn from the 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.
    At one point, the farmers working on the project harvested a 100-acre field in three locations in about two hours. Fifteen semis were on hand to transport the grain to Archbold Elevator.
    Rychener said farm women had 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."–David PughPosted 10.24, 1 p.m.







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