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Most folks know that food comes from farms, but they have no idea of the farmer, his "family" and the dedication and "sweat equity" that produce what line the grocery store's shelves. His gnarled hands, gentle enough to lift a birds nest from its place in a hayfield and never disturb the eggs, are big as hams, thick with the years of labor he has invested in his land. He works uncomplainingly from before first light until long after sunset's colors have faded. He wears the pastel blue of the working man. His legs are bowed from years of carrying the weight of the world on his broad shoulders. He fights with a determination seldom seen by the denizens of city streets, to ever-so-carefully turn and bring into the world a tiny calf. He looks tenderly upon his land as a sweetheart, one that knows his touch better than any other, who knew the touch of his father, and his before him.
His wife is his "right arm." She bears his children, to grow up in his image and work beside him, and in time, to go into the future for him. She has hung countless clotheslines-full of sun-rinsed coveralls, children's tiny garments and bedsheets. At times she has taken a job off the farm, to help when the prices and interest rates have been unkind. She knows the role of weather, and how her man lives by the sky. Steeped in the traditions of their European heritage, she bows beside him in church every Sunday morning, and most Wednesday evenings, seeing in faith what she cannot see in mortality.
The children still know the feel of running barefoot, caring for both the livestock and their pets, a well-earned allowance, and the knowledge that their home is also where their family works.
We have a website: www.propertyrightsresearch.org. Our webmaster, Jim Slaughter, is fifth generation owner of a 404-acre farm in Madison County, Ohio. He has built our website, his first, through his determination to KEEP the family's farm, and he fights this land acquisition attempt with a keyboard. He is proving that the computer is mightier than eminent domain! Jim's mother, Ruth, tells the story of "The Home Farm," from its beginnings in1812, through its days when Charles Phellis Jr. served in the Civil War, came home and lived the life that goes with keeping 200 cattle, 600 sheep, 150 hogs, and many horses, including some fine buggy horses. A trip was made in 1854 to England to purchase shorthorn cattle and long-wool sheep.
Members of the family have been Justices of the Peace and soldiers, county commissioners and pharmacists. Some of the farm's land was purchased for twenty-five cents an acre, but is priceless to them today. The farm's ancestors are buried in two local cemeteries, one within the Study Area for the proposed refuge. Ruth Slaughter, 4th generation farm girl, has no intention of selling this farm to anyone. She and her children intend for it to go on to the 6th and 7th generation, and remain The Home Farm.
On behalf of Stewards of the Darby, the Paragon Foundation, and all Patriotic Americans everywhere, I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for making our Darby Farmland Rally a place where history was made, a place to stand together in the presence of friends and "Network America!" This Ohio event was the third step in the natural progression back to our great Nation's Sovereignty that begun with the 4th of July Jarbidge Shovel Brigade's South Canyon Road Re-Opening in Nevada; and the Shovels of Solidarity for Stewards of the Darby (S.O.S. For S.O.D.) cross-country transporting of the Famed Jarbidge Shovels coupled with a small caravan of die-hard Patriots, joining other caravans in the culmination at the farm of Dale, Linda and Brian Rapp, on the banks of the Little Darby in Central Ohio on Labor Day weekend, 2000.
If you attended, you were part of from 1,500 - 1,750 patriots who made history once again in this historic farm field steeped in history. You felt the blood, sweat and tears that made this place an intricate part of America. You felt tears sting your eyes and sweat run down your back, while you heard Tom Farrenkopf of Victor, Montana, do a Jarbidge Encore of the Pledge of Allegiance. You heard J.B. Stone's voice tremble and crack with emotion as he asked you to pray for his beloved West, for rain or snow to put out the fires. You ate the best steakburgers in the world while downing bottle after bottle of ice-cold water. You read the names of all the lumber mills in Montana that had gone out of business because of Federal regulations, the same ones that are burning down our West. You walked slowly past the symbols of our country's labors, the mute soldier-shovels, lined up along the stage, while you heard our country's patriots speak to the crowd.
You listened as America's war veterans reaffirmed their oath to defend their country and ours. You perhaps bought a shovel, signed by another patriot in another state, who recognized and responded to the call of freedom. Maybe you brought a shovel of your own, to contribute to an unparalleled cause, the continued freedom of our country. You met members of your country's family, who will remain your friends forever. If you'd had ANY doubts, you learned on September 2nd that PRAYER WORKS!
If you didn't or couldn't make it, don't despair! We hold firm in our stance of regaining our country's sovereignty, and our private property rights, as spelled out in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. Please check our website at www.proertyrightsresearch.org and visit often! Read the truth that is there, and register your thoughts.
In the words of U.S. Congresswoman
Helen Chenoweth-Hage: Never, NEVER, N-E-V-E-R give up!
The press release is going out
nationwide, to hundreds of papers! 'Not sure how many will run them, but
we should achieve good market saturation! How 'bout you, neighbor? Why
don't you grab a shovel and head for the Darby?
July 2000 Darby Update
This is not a voting issue.
Come learn about resource providers! No alcohol, no drugs, no attitudes. This is a FAMILY EVENT, and a peaceful one.
PLEASE! Let us know how many of you are going to attend, and how many wish to participate in our cross-country shovel delivery caravan! We need to know how many folks will be here, so we can have food for all, and little things like enough portapotties!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you, and keep you safe and free in this great land of ours!