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Less than two weeks after the bank, H. H. Harlow, and Amy Stewart closed the deal on the Stewart farm, the Link Lake Gazette carried a front-page story. The H. H. Harlow Company of Chicago has purchased the thousand-acre Jake Stewart farm in rural Link Lake for an undisclosed sum of money. Henry Harlow, company representative, said the company has several anticipated uses for the land: “We plan to establish an experimental farm where we, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture in Madison, will test new varieties of cucumbers, green beans, field peas, sweet corn, and potatoes. We also plan to grow about two hundred acres of cucumbers for our new processing plant in Green Bay. Additionally, we’ll establish a cucumber receiving station on the property, for area cucumber growers with Harlow contracts. Finally, we plan to remodel the old Stewart house and use it as a conference and training center. Vegetable experts and growers from around the world will come to Link Lake to learn what’s new in vegetable growing.” The company plans to employ about twenty-five people yearround , and of course more in the summer. Harlow announced that they have already hired Carlos Rodríguez, formerly of Texas, to be in charge of field operations. Rodríguez will live on the former Stewart property in a new home the company is building for him 224 30 H. H. Harlow 225 H. H. Harlow and his family. Tiny Urso, longtime Stewart employee, will continue in Harlow’s employ. The community is planning a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Harlow company at a date to be announced. In the same issue of the paper, this brief announcement appeared. Andrew I. Meyer, 25, of rural Link Lake and Amy E. Stewart, 23, previously of Racine, Wisconsin, announce their engagement to be married. Mr. Meyer farms at Rural Route One, Link Lake, and is the former summer manager of the local H. H. Harlow cucumber salting station. Miss. Stewart was previously employed by the J. I. Case Company. A Christmas wedding is planned. Although the farmers in the Link Lake community were still smarting from Harlow’s decision to only buy cucumbers from those willing to grow twenty acres or more, local merchants looked forward to increased business from all the activities the Harlow Company was planning on the Stewart farm. With the announcement in the paper, the H. H. Harlow Company was viewed in two lights in the community. Small family farm owners detested and did not trust the company. Business people saw more dollars in their cash registers. Almost everyone agreed that the H. H. Harlow Company would certainly put little Link Lake on the map if they carried out all their plans. Isaac and Mary Meyer were elated when they learned of their son’s engagement to Amy Stewart. But they were devastated to learn how serious Jake Stewart’s financial situation had been. “I’ll bet old Jake didn’t even know he had all that debt,” Isaac said. Isaac and Mary invited Amy to share Thanksgiving dinner with them. Amy had been busy cleaning out her family’s old house, sorting through the attic, deciding what items she wanted to keep and what should be thrown. As difficult as the job was, both physically and emotionally, she was discovering the history of her family, from the time when her great grandfather bought the place. She found neatly written letters, notes, and documents showing that her great grandfather, Silas Stewart, had purchased the original quarter section of land in 1855 for $1.25 an acre. She burst into tears when she realized the land had been in her family for one hundred years, and now it was gone. She felt like she had let her great grandfather down by selling the land and removing the Stewart name after a century of ownership. Had she acted too quickly in accepting H. H. Harlow’s offer? Could she have done something to save the place? Amy shared some of this information, including her second thoughts, at the dinner table where they had gathered to eat roast turkey and all the trimmings and feast on Mary Meyer’s pumpkin pie, one of her specialties. “It’s done, Amy,” Isaac said quietly. “There comes a time to move on. To set a new direction and let history rest.” “But it’s so hard.” Amy looked like she was going to cry. “Change is never...


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