Fishing lines erase time
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.