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Farmers' daughters have long called El Paso home

Margaret Golden and Anna Janisch will serve as grand marshals for the El Paso Days parade on Sunday, Aug. 23. The pair has spent most of their lives on farms. Photo by Bill Kirk

EL PASO -- No doubt Margaret Golden and Anna Janisch are qualified to be El Paso Days parade grand marshals during the community's sesquicentennial year.

Janisch has spent her married life as a resident of the East Central Pierce County town and Golden has lived there her entire life. Both are veterans of local farms.

Neither could tell Tuesday exactly why they were chosen for the parade honor, though modesty may have contributed to that. For Janisch, actual involvement instead of watching from the sidelines will be a first, but Golden can claim participation experience.

"I was in the parade before," the latter said, remembering a tractor pulling a stone boat on which she rode with her grandson, one of her 10 grandchildren.

Janisch, the grandmother to nine and great-grandmother to 10 more, wasn't sure what the ladies' mode of transportation would be for the Sunday, Aug. 23, march, much less what the duties for a grand marshal are. She seemed impressed when told they'll be riding in a convertible, weather permitting.

It's quite a leap for two women who lived in an area without school bus service when they were young. Golden recalled walking the two miles from her family's farm home to the rural Wood school. Later, attending Ellsworth High School, she stayed in town with a sister. Janisch simply didn't go to school because of the lack of a way to get there.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 12.