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Fishing lines erase time

Siblings Phil Jakes and Esther Risberg, longtime Ellsworth area residents, recently fished for not only fish, but childhood memories along their favorite fishing hole at the Rush River. Photo courtesy of Phil Jakes

Submitted by Phil Jakes

Phil Jakes and his sister, Esther Risberg, recently drop a line in their childhood fishing spot. While the afternoon did not yield any fish it did bring in a boatload of childhood memories.

Jakes and Risberg remembered as children in the 1930s fishing with trimmed willow branches as poles. Risberg recalled a poem she learned in first grade at the one room school: "Fishy fishy in the brook, Papa caught it with a hook, Momma fried it in a pan, and baby ate it like a man!"

They both recalled the big Rush river flood of 1942. The family had to move the farmstead to higher ground afterwards. Jakes recalled measuring a 30-inch trout found laying in a cornfield when flood waters receded.

Jakes still lives on the family farm along the Rush, while Risberg resides at Preferred Senior Living of Ellsworth.