By: Jim Fitzpatrick

Local Farmer in Polkton Township writes for the Coopersville Observer.

Along Brandy Creek

By Jim Fitzpatrick


The Coopersville Observer  November 29, 2004- - No. 40

Their farm is just over the rise to the west of town a mile or two. Blue silos, barns, grain bins, an array of farm equipment; all at the four corners intersection. The three farm houses represent as many generations of the family that have lived there to plant, harvest and care for animals over the years. It is a busy place, has been for a long time.


Grandpa is gone now. Marv and his son Jay carry on the tradition of farm life on the family farm. And RoxAnn, she keeps the farm lively, orderly and "up to snuff" as her part of the deal. Jay is also in the hog raising business. That's in addition to the acres and acres of soybeans, wheat and corn, that he and his dad plant and harvest each season. He keeps the pigs in the long white building just to the south of the old dairy barn.


If you are looking to speak with either of the two guys and can't find them, try the shop. It's right next to Marv's house. Chances are good that you will find at least one of them in there; either submerged within the workings of a combine or laid out under the mechanisms of a corn planter, crop sprayer or four wheel drive tractor. Everything is kept in good running order and ready for whatever crop needs attention next. They do some off the farm custom work for others too; but, that is only when time permits.


Marv is full of good information on about any kind of farm business. That is where he has put in his time and what he has been up to all of his life. Jay leans a little more to the quiet side; but, will tell you anything you want to know about hogs. All you've got to do is ask. He up and got married to Jennifer this past summer, an upstanding local lady of course. A person can't help but wonder how many more generations will farm the land that Grandpa started on so long ago.

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