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August 01, 2007
It didn't take long to feel at home in such a peaceful place.

Cows graze in the pasture only feet from our backdoor, sprawling lawns surround beautiful gardens and the long lane down to the pond is perfect for a walk at dusk.

The neighbors are friendly, our mail gets hand delivered by the sweetest four year-old and the barn cats make for great entertainment.

So it's no wonder that more than a hundred family, friends and neighbors were happy to return to the farm where they've developed their own memories last weekend for the Jurn family reunion.

As much as the weekend was about familiar faces and the scenery, the star of the show was undoubtedly of the machinery variety.

Everyone stopped to admire the newly restored 1936 Chevrolet farm truck. Gleaming in green, the old workhorse had been transformed from its weathered self by Kevin Jurn and Dan Potter.

Duane said his grandfather purchased it in 1938. For many years, it made a weekly trip up to Yale for feed.

The reunion and Capac's own 150th celebration was just the impetus for Duane to call up his cousins and see that the restoration was complete.

Dan's wife Cindy made the project complete with an album of 'before' and 'after' photos and some of the guys hard at work.

Fortunately, just about everybody in Capac had the chance to see the truck in Saturday's parade. Duane and his uncle, Glenn, waved from the cab while Duane's siblings—Debbie, Diane, Donna, Deana, Denise and Dennis—perched atop bales on the bed.

Duane's great-grandfather established the farm on Metcalf back in 1890 and they've milked cows for decades and continue today.

The truck, the reunion, the festival—it all was a good reminder of what makes it so enjoyable to live here. People still hold a connection to the land, appreciate family history and relish the chance to celebrate milestones together.

Congratulations too to the Chamber of Commerce and all the volunteers who made the sesquicentennial a smashing success.

Email Maria at

mbrown@pageone-inc.com

Assistant Editor
Castle Creek
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