These pictures contain five generations of Edwards: Edward Rehder, Ralph Edward, Ross Edward, Jay Edward and Nathan Edward. If Nate doesn’t have a little boy named Edward someday, I can only begin to imagine how mad my great grandma Lilah would be.
The name is pretty special in my family. I’m sure your family has something that’s special too. Maybe it’s a holiday tradition, a tall tale story, or a favorite recipe. These things bring a family together. Pigs are another thing the Rehders consider special in their heart.
My great grandpa Ralph moved a mile away from the family farm around 1942 to begin his own. At that time, he was newly married to my great-grandma Lilah. Together they raised wheat, soybeans, corn, sugar beets, a bit of livestock, and three boys. One of these boys was my grandpa Ross.
Grandpa Ross grew up with a passion for agriculture. He was involved in 4-H and FFA showing cattle and his crops. He eventually married Cheryl. They raised three boys on the family farm. Ross grew crops but his heart was in livestock. Specifically, he raised Chester White and Berkshire hogs. My dad tells me stories of hauling buckets of feed and water to the barns twice a day (uffda). But his best stories are the ones of him showing pigs at our local county fair.
My mom and dad understood the values that raising livestock instilled in a kid. They wanted that for my siblings and I. When I was five years old, my parents got me a couple pigs to show in 4-H. From there we have grown into our own little hobby farm. Over the years we have also had sheep and chickens.
This summer in particular my grandpa Ross was super excited about some of the pigs we had. As I stated before, he raised Chester White hogs on the farm. This spring our family bought a registered Chester White gilt to show. My sister took it to the Minnesota State Fair and received purple ribbon honors. Oh boy, were my dad and grandpa thrilled.
The name Edward and Chester White pigs define my family. What defines yours?