Murray and Lucille moved from near Lacona to the small farm in Benton Township where they lived for more than 50 years in 1961, when I was just a kid. This was adjacent to our "other place" --- used mostly for grazing cattle and, on endless hot summer afternoon, putting up hay to feed those critters during the winter. Murray always was there to help out when my dad needed an extra hand.
He also worked more than 30 years at the Hy-Vee Distribution Center to make ends meet. And for many years, too, was one of the custodians at the Chariton Cemetery.
If you're out walking in the cemetery, please sit down, turn off your mobile device, relax a little and do the same.