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Robert T. Rhode
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3. Palm Sunday ... THE FARM EAST OF PINE VILLAGE
Earlier
that spring—before the exciting trip to Indianapolis for the band
competition—the weather suddenly turned hot. It was the morning of the 11th of
April—Palm Sunday—and Ida had an idea! Why not take advantage of the warm
weather and invite Don and Mar...

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2. The Cows and the Clarinet ... THE FARM EAST OF PINE VILLAGE
“Let’s
visit the Nesbitt Farm,” Robert’s father, Joe, suggested on a bright winter
morning. Robert and his brother, Charles, got bundled up for the drive north
into Benton County, Indiana. Joe had been talking about buying two purebred
Polled Herefords, so ...

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1. The Fifth Grade ... THE FARM EAST OF PINE VILLAGE
This sequel to The Farm in Pine Village is also dedicated to my dear friend Eleanor
Yeager Stewart, who helped me realize that the worlds of our childhood were
never somewhere else but always right within us. Here is the rest of my
childhood world—almost ex...

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40. The Surprise ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
Robert was
fortunate to have been in Mrs. Winegardner’s class at that precise moment in
history. Her measured viewpoint was exactly what was needed. Her class
participated in her deliberate weighing of ideas in the scales of historical
truth. Mrs. Winegardn...

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39. The News ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
After the
week of the fair, Buttercup returned to her meadow, where she reigned as queen
for the rest of her long life. Ida wanted
to tell everyone the good news, but she quickly realized that practically
everyone she wanted to tell had been in the coliseum...

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38. The Champion ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
The first
day of the 4-H fair week dawned, and Joe had already been busy, loading the new
wooden box that held the brushes, halter, and products necessary to keep
Buttercup looking beautiful. As soon as the sun peeked over the horizon, Ida
and Robert were w...

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37. The Movie and the Cousins ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
As Joe took
the family to the Wabash Drive-In near Attica to see Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra , he slowed down and ran the
right-hand wheels of the Chevrolet onto the berm when he passed Russell
Mitchell’s farm. Joe’s eyes roamed across the Holsteins in th...

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36. The Checkup and the Catalog ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
“Mr.
Coffman’s here!” Charles announced, loudly enough for Joe, Ida, and Robert to
understand every word, no matter where they were in the house. By the time
Charles reached the front gate of the white-board fence surrounding the yard,
Mr. Coffman was alrea...

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35. The Television ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
The
television brought people face to face with a world far larger than Pine
Village: a world that had hidden in the shadows of the imagination as farmers
of the late 1940s and 1950s had listened to their radios and a world that,
despite being described in ...

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34. The Figurine and the Feed ... THE FARM IN PINE VILLAGE
That
spring, Joe and Ida brought home the last boxes of items from the house of
Grandma Rhode, who had passed away in her sleep on the final day of March. The
only remaining thing that had to be moved before the property could be sold was
the cultivator tha...
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