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Peony provenance: Plant holds memories of pre- GR Lake times

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By Ed Waggener

Most of us who remember the area now under Green River Lake cherish any and every thing which keeps those precious ties intact.

Larry Clark still has memories of the hard times his family endured when the family farm was was quickly wrested from them, when they were given less for the rich, river bottom land than they had to pay for poorer land elsewhere, how his father perservered but remembered the unfairness, and how happy they were when a farm as near to the homeplace as they could get became available in the early 1990s and they returned.

Larry Clark holds photographs, furniture, farm equipment and heritage plants as almost sacred reminders of the family's government imposed ordeal.

The Clark land was taken in around 1968. They moved a Hindman farm in Milltown after that. It was one of that area's better farms, but the land did not compare with the Clark farm in the Mt. Carmel area of Green River. The return to the new Mt. Carmel settlement, near Coburg was a happy one, albeit not a full restoration of what they had nearly a half century ago.

Larry has a peony plant from bulbs which have made the round trip.

"I moved to this location in 1990 (which is as close to the old home place as I can get. : -).

"This particular bunch of peonies, in the accompanying photos, I brought back from Milltown in 1995 when my mother passed away.

"I suppose I have split them a dozen times or more, giving pieces to others, and planting them myself.

"I now have them in many different places." That's a big consolation, he says, and brings a degree of remedy for the loses his family has sustained, knowing peony bulbs are still providing joy does make up for it in a small way.

This story was posted on 2016-05-03 09:58:57
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