Clinton native finds 600 miles can’t keep her from running family farm

Cynthia Ryan McComiskey and her mother, Mary Ann Ryan, take a few minutes to look over the soybean fields near their DeWitt County home. With her father's death in January, McComiskey has become the fifth generation of her family to run their 650-acre farm. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CLINTON — As the soybeans fill the fields of her family farm, Cynthia Ryan McComiskey is facing the first growing season since her father, Gerald “Jerry” Ryan, died in January. Thanks to him, she was well prepared to take her place as the fifth generation of farmers in this DeWitt County community, even though she […]

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Rural Streator woman, 91, uses poetry to paint pictures of farm life and faith

Mary Wiesbrock of rural Streator stands on the farm she has called home for all of her 91 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — From her kitchen window, Mary Wiesbrock can see the fields of beans and corn on the farm she has called home for all of her 91 years. Also visible is Lostlands Cemetery, which is located down the road on land donated by her great-grandfather, Patrick Whalen. From her kitchen table, Mrs. Wiesbrock writes […]

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