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|New Addition on Knox County Nursing Home Grounds Commemorates Farm Life; Pays Tribute to Longtime Farmer
|The family of a longtime local farmer is keeping his memory alive in a museum of sorts on the campus of the Knox County Nursing Home.
William "Bill" Wessels farmed in the Rio area for decades, and now a 12-by-20 foot barn houses many of the tools he used and other memorabilia. Several members of the Wessels family, officials and residents of the nursing home and others were on hand Sunday - Father's Day - to dedicate the barn.
Ben Wessels says the barn isn't just a tribute to his father, who died in November of last year, it also represents memories of farm life.
"Some of the things that we were able to put inside the barn to commemorate the lives of people who work on farms, many of you, and the hard work that you put in and some of the things that are in there will jog some memories and hopefully make you happy."
Other speakers at the dedication ceremony were Knox County Board member Dale Parsons and State Representative Don Moffitt, who shared his memories of visiting Wessels at his farm. Moffitt says the barn at the nursing home is built strong, rugged and able to stand up to whatever comes along - just like Bill Wessels.
Wessels' wife of 67 years, June, helped cut the ribbon on the new barn. The ceremony was held inside the nursing home because of rain, but fittingly, the sun was shining when it was over and everyone got a chance to go inside the barn.
Pictures from the dedication ceremony:
Ben Wessels, son of William "Bill" Wessels, indroduces his family during the dedication of a new barn at the Knox County Nursing Home on Sunday
L-R: Marianne Wiesen - Knox County Nursing Home Administrator, Deacon Rod Gray, State Representative Don Moffitt and Dale Parsons - Knox County Board, look on at the dedication ceremony
June Wessels (center) is among the participants in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new barn
(WGIL News story and photos by Mike Perry)
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