Neighbors United 4 MO

Fighting for property rights and local control in Missouri

Month: February 2017

Hard Work & Family

They told us that it was “our dot” on a map.

A dot.

Our history, family, hard work and futures!

You know what my dot is?

     My “dot” is our sanctuary that connects me with my roots. Growing up, it was never a question of “if” you were going to go outside and work all day at Grandpa’s house, it was whether you’d be bringing the rest of the crew coffee or water when you did. Our family farm is where I learned I was strong enough to clear brush, pour cement and climb up in a tree with a reciprocating saw to hack off dead branches. It’s where I learned that years of hard work, contributing to the community, and being a good citizen would pay off with a piece of land that you could call your own and leave for your children.

Each tree and flower tells a story. To one side of the house, there are the lilies from Great Grandma’s garden, in the backyard there’s the that tree my sister got stuck in and the neighbor had to come over with a ladder to get her down, in the side yard there’s the cherry tree that helped us make cobblers and pies for all our friends and family and reminds me of the few precious years I had to spend with my Grandmother. The men and women who load up and drive into town and are paid to tell us that these transmission lines are a great idea have no concept of this kind of connection to the land or heritage. They make their money taking advantage of people – not helping things grow. After a hard day of laboring outside doing honest work, I thank God that I was raised better than that.

This is our dot. Please help us protect our dot.  

Support Representative Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795.

No One Loves the Land like a Farmer

They told us that it was “our dot” on their map.

A dot.

Our home,  our family, and our history.

You know what our dot is? 

     This beautiful picture represents my farm and what it means to my family. This farm has been in the family since the early 1940’s. My late husband was raised on this farm. At that time, his parents rented this farm including 200 tillable acres. In 1965 my in-laws bought a farm and moved. Geo and I moved here and took over the farming operation. We purchased the farm in 1997. After my husband’s death in 2003 my son took over the farming, and continues to farm our 200 acres.

I love our family farm, and the gift God gives us every year as we are given the opportunity to plant his soil. No one loves the land and cares for the land like a farmer. It is my hope that this farm will always remain in the family, and the flag will forever fly over my farm letting everyone know this is “The O’Brien Farm.”

Please help me protect my “dot.”

Support Representative Nate Walker’s House Bill 640 & House Bill 795.

Enough is Enough

They told my that it was “my dot” on their map.

A dot.

My farm that I purchased for my family to enjoy.

You know what my dot is? 

     In 2006 I purchased 58 acres in Marion County for recreation and hunting for my family. From 2012-2014, a Embridge Oil Pipeline was put on this property which disrupted use of half of the property. Also in a letter from Embridge in January 204 they said in part, “During a recent archaeological survey conducted for the Embridge Flanagan South Pipeline Project on your property, archaeological specimens (artifacts) were recovered that date to the prehistoric and/or historic time periods. URS Corporation (URS) conducted this study on behalf of Embridge Pipelines. The material recovered from your property is currently under analysis.”

A month after Embridge got the property back to usable, I received a letter from the Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois. They said they plan on putting a transmission line in – which would cross the oil pipeline in the middle of my property. Also, they feel a one-time payment for the easement and power line is a fair exchange for the devaluing of my property and the permanent profits they would reap. I do not! A private business should not have that right.

In the photo, the black line indicates the path of the pipeline, and the transmission line and poles are numbered 45 & 46.

Please help me protect my dot on the map. Support Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795.

A Part of us is in Each Tiny Grain of Soil

They told us that it was “our dot” on their map.

A dot.

Our home,  our family, our Heritage Farm where we make our living!

You know what our dot is? 

      This is our land. It is not only our home, but also a business as well—a business that was built with hard work, sweat, early mornings and late nights. Watching the miracle of new life and the hard lessons learned when that new calf didn’t make it through the night. Young children missing out on school activities and summer sports because of chores or fieldwork that had to be done. Working from sun up until late in the night because crops still needed planting or were still in the field waiting for harvest. Working on holidays, in the extreme heat or cold. Eating meals in the fields in the back of a pick-up. Learning at an early age, how much it costs you when droughts, floods, or hail destroy the crops you had counted on to pay bills with.

A place where we watched the kids’ and grandkids’ eyes light up at the sight of a nest of little pigs, a newborn calf, or a snow-white baby lamb. Our farm is not just a home, business, or a piece of ground—but a classroom as well as a sanctuary to friends and family. A place that was paid for—not only with money—but with the sweat, blood, and tears of sacrifices and hard labor. A part of us is in each tiny grain of soil, blade of grass, and the streams that quench the thirst of our animals. To lose just a few acres of land, takes away from an income that is already stretched to the limit because of expenses incurred in the stewardship of our heritage farm, home and business. Please let us keep what we have worked so hard to earn.

This is our dot. Protect our dot. 

This could be your dot! Protect your dot!  

Support Representative Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795.

The Happiest Day of My Life

They told us that it was “our dot” on their map.

A dot.

The land where I got married and started a new life with my husband on!

You know what our dot is? 

     Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to get married at my grandparent’s farm. I spent hours deciding where the aisle would be in the orchard, what flowers we would have, and what backdrop would be the best for all of our pictures.  When I finally did get married at the farm, it was the happiest day of my life. Everything was so beautiful! My dad and grandfather built an arbor for my soon-to-be husband and I to get married under and we planted roses around it. All of my friends and family gathered from far away at our farm and even though my aunt and grandparents had passed away, I felt like they were present in some way. We had all shared the love and stewardship of this land.

I have always been so proud of my grandparent’s farm and of the life that they built in small-town Missouri. I live in Chicago, and the world is a different place here. People talk to each other, wave when they pass you on the rock roads, and stop when you are parked on the side of the road with your hazards on.

This is the world that my husband and I want to raise our children in and my grandparents are the type of people that we want to be. Having our wedding at the farm was a way to start our lives in the same trajectory that my grandparents did—lives that center around honesty, integrity, and community.

This is our dot. Protect our dot. 

This could be your dot! Protect your dot!  

Support Representative Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795.

The Heart of Our Family

They told us our home was “our dot” on their map.

A dot.

That’s what our homes, livelihoods, small businesses, 

family histories, hopes and aspirations are to them – a dot!

You know what our dot is?

      Our dot is a home built on a 220 acre farm that has been in our family for three quarters of a century.  A farm where hard work and appreciation of the simple, basic things were a part of our daily lives. Through church and school, we were taught to treat others as we would have them to treat us. We were taught that honesty and integrity were goals to achieve, to be good neighbors and to always try our best in everything we do.

Upon retirement after years of working in the city, we moved back to our family farm, building our new home and settling in to a lovely surrounding.   A place that is quiet and serene, where we enjoy the picturesque countryside and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Our home, our dot, represents the heart of our family. It represents love, unity, and respect for one other. Please help us protect our dot.

This could be your dot! Protect your dot!  

Support Representative Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795

A 100 acre Farm Acquired through Hard Work and Love

They told us that it was “our dot” on their map.

A dot.

That’s what our homes, livelihoods, small businesses,

family histories, hopes and aspirations are to them – a dot!

You know what our dot is?

     It is a family brought up by a World War II veteran who lived through the Great Depression, and worked three jobs with a dream of one day owning a farm. It’s a loving couple who raised two girls to become strong independent women. It’s a family who came together after the death of one of those women in a fire. A women who — despite physical disability and the prognosis of never being able to walk — became a role model and a beacon of light to children in this community including those with disabilities.

It’s the lifelong work of a couple realizing the dream of having a farm, building a house from scratch through hard, honest work and sacrifice. It’s a family that has its roots in the community, was born here, worshipped here, taught school here, owned a hardware business, played the organ in the church, and gave back to the community through personal investment in civic responsibilities and doing what is right. It’s a family that has instilled morals and values in their children and grandchildren that you do what is right and just, not operate by deception, bribery, or trying to trick someone into thinking something is what it is not.

It’s a family that is firmly planted on a 100 acre farm acquired through hard work and love and continues to be maintained with that love and dedication. And, to this day that “dot” helps to raise the beef that you buy from the grocery store. It’s a farm that will be passed on to grandchildren who plan to work just as hard for it for years to come and then to pass it on to their children.

This is our dot. Protect our dot.

This could be your dot! Protect your dot!

Support Representative Nate Walker’s HB640 & HB795.