Beacon Tabs 2018 Down on the Farm - Page 11

THE BEACON 11-B www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com APRIL 4, 2018 Life-long Coshocton County farmer remembered By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com Josie Sellers | Beacon Phyllis Debnar recently received the sign marking the 200th anniversary of her family’s farm. MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP – Raymond Pew was one of several life-long farmers that Coshocton County lost in the last year or so, but land that has been in his family for 200 years is still being farmed and sheep are still being raised in his barn. Raymond’s great-great-grandfather received the family’s original 118 acres for fi ghting in the War of 1812. Raymond then took over the family farm after returning home from serving in World War II with the U.S. Army. “Dad moved into our family farm house when he was 16-years-old and I got to grow up there too and lived there until I got married,” said Phyllis Debnar, Raymond’s daughter. She has many fond memories of spending time with her dad on the farm and watching him do what he loved. “We always had sheep,” Debnar said. “We also had pigs and cattle, but I took sheep for 4-H for 10 years. It was nothing for us to wake up and fi nd baby lambs or pigs on the register that were brought in for us to nurse back to health. I also remember that mom helped too and could drive all the equipment and helped with any task she could. When my brother went to school it was just me at home so I got to go everywhere with Dad to the Farmers Exchange and the repair shops.” When she and her husband retired and off ered to help Raymond out on the farm he made sure there would be plenty of work for everyone. 740.575.3059 facebook.com/ SproutGardenCenter GARDEN CENTER 601 W Chestnut Street, Coshocton, OH 43812 “He went and rented another 80 acres,” Debnar said. “Th ose years were so much fun. We were like his hired men.” Raymond passed away on Oct. 3, 2017. “Up until the last two years (of his life) he was at the barn every day,” Debnar said. “He’d be lambing in February and March, which are cold months in the barn. When he was 93 he bought a new (hay) baler that we have up there now (at our house).” Raymond also taught Debnar some life lessons. “Up until the last two years (of his life) he was at the barn every day. He’d be lambing in February and March, which are cold months in the barn. When he was 93 he bought a new (hay) baler that we have up there now (at our house).” - Phyllis Debnar “You do things right the fi rst time or you do them again,” she said. “You also make sure to shut gates, turn the water and lights off and know how to tie a square knot. He was big too on being safe on the farm. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations there is.” Over the years, Raymond was involved in numerous farming organizations and he and his wife Margaret SEE FARMER ON PAGE 13 B BUNDLE & SAVE 100 INSTANTLY $ WHEN YOU PURCHASE A QUALIFYING M18 FUEL KIT PLUS AN ACCESSORY SET OR HAND TOOL Offer Valid February 1 - April 30, 2018 1201 Walnut St., Coshocton 0031_040418 APRIL 6 th , 7 th & 8 th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM HOURS: M-F: 7am-5pm Sat: 8am-2pm www.coshoctonlumbercompany.com 740-622-0198 Fax: 740-622-2758 Toll Free: 1-877-267-4562 sales@coshoctonlumberco.com Open House Eligible kits are subject to store availability. See associate for details.