Local Man's Land Settled by His Family in 1822

By WISE Web News

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2009 at 3:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Nate: It was a close knit family, everyone knowed everyone everyone relied on everyone if there was a problem they all seemed to be congregate around and get it straightened out, help one another.

NATHAN DOCTOR HAS MANY MEMORIES OF HIS FAMILY AND THEY’RE ALL TIED TO THIS LAND ALONG THE MAUMEE RIVER RIGHT ON THE INDIANA OHIO LINE…LAND THAT’S BEEN IN NATHAN’S FAMILY SINCE 1822 WHEN HIS GREAT GRANDPARENTS BOUGHT 11-HUNDRED ACRES OF OLD GROWTH TIMBER AND MOVED HERE AMONG THE INDIAN’S AND SWAMPLAND TO CUT TIMBER. DOCTOR’S ANCESTORS WERE VERY TOUGH PEOPLE.

Nate: My great-grandmother planting corn during the Civil War when there was no men folk. she plowed 17 acres of ground cultivated it with horses and planted the seed by hand and harvested it.

AS THE TIMBER DISAPPEARED THE FAMILY TURNED TO FARMING..HIS GRANDFATHER RAISED MORGAN HORSES ON THE SIDE…HE LOVED THEM, FOR THEIR STRENGTH AND BEAUTY AND THEIR SERVICE TO HIS FAMILY. THE DAY CAME THOUGH WHEN TECHNOLOGY ENDED THE HORSE POWER ERA..NATHAN REMEMBERS THAT DAY HIS GRANDFATHER’S LAST HORSE WAS SOLD OFF THE FARM.

Nate: The saddest day in my grandfather’s life I never seen my grandfather cry and that day I did and it stuck in my mind and it probably will until I die. I have a picture of my dad’s first tractor, a Rumbly, and how he couldn’t imagine plowing all day and not have to stop every 15 minutes to allow a horse to rest.

NOW IN HIS 70’S NATHAN DOCTOR HAS NO DOUBTS ABOUT WHO HE IS OR WHERE HE CAME FROM..HE’S REMINDED EVERY TIME HE WALKS THE LAND THAT WAS CLEARED AND TILLED AND TAMED BY HIS FAMILY.

Nate: I stop to wonder how they don it, just how did they do that work? I think about ‘well they done it this way’..I do it that way. I garden like my grandma and grandpa told me, I raise animals we have chickens I take care of. We learned how to process our own meat how to can how to make cheese. I told my grandchildren I said I can teach you everything you want to know but if I can teach you how to work and appreciate your fellow man, that’s gonna be the thing that get’s you through your life. I’ll not know how it ends up, I’ll be gone, but maybe they’ll think about me fifty years from now.




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