106 Years of Wisdom: Home Grown Vegetables

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We just liked Jim Etter’s story about Ruben Hopper today.  Hopper is 106 years old and he still gardens in Pawnee County, with the help of his 79-year-old son Bob. His motto: “Always work hard, and raise plenty of vegetables to eat.”

Well, there’s more to it than that. First, there’s poker. Ruben plays — small stakes only and none of that casino gambling. And, “I never did smoke,” he said, “but I did drink a lot of that moonshine.” He didn’t visit a doctor until he was 94. Now he takes “two dizzy pills and two aspirins a day.” And eats lots of vegetable — potatoes, squash, okra, melons.

And no cholesterol, either.

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A message from the Rural Assembly

We just liked Jim Etter’s story about Ruben Hopper today.  Hopper is 106 years old and he still gardens in Pawnee County, with the help of his 79-year-old son Bob. His motto: “Always work hard, and raise plenty of vegetables to eat.”

Well, there’s more to it than that. First, there’s poker. Ruben plays — small stakes only and none of that casino gambling. And, “I never did smoke,” he said, “but I did drink a lot of that moonshine.” He didn’t visit a doctor until he was 94. Now he takes “two dizzy pills and two aspirins a day.” And eats lots of vegetable — potatoes, squash, okra, melons.

And no cholesterol, either.

A message from the Rural Assembly

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