Britton farmer's ailment leads to special harvest

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Friends and neighbors of the Cadmus’ came to the farm on Milwaukee Road to help harvest the corn. Pictured (front row, l-r) are: Russ Cadmus and Ryan Cadmus; (middle row) Dave Varga, Steve Bailey, and Paul Hewlett; and (back row) Bill Bailey, Paul Wilfaert, Brian Cadmus, and Chad Wagenschutz.

Russ Cadmus wasn’t expecting a blood clot in his arm to interrupt his corn harvest this year, and it was even more unexpected when his friends and neighbors came together on Sunday, Oct. 20, to harvest the corn for him.

“I had 28 acres of corn and they harvested it in two and a half hours,” said Cadmus. “We had about eight or nine people who came. It was remarkable.”

Ron Roehm, manager of the John Marion, Inc. grain elevator on Britton Highway, organized the assistance. He let people know about Cadmus’ health issue, and gathered men with combines, trucks and a semi-truck to help bring the corn in from the field.

“That’s what friends and neighbors do,” Roehm said.

Cadmus’ 100-acre farm on Milwaukee Road has been in his family for three generations. He and his wife, Vonnie, both grew up in the area.

“This farm was bought by my grandfather in 1900,” Cadmus said. “He paid for it by raising Timothy hay for the Army.”

Cadmus has memories of his father helping neighbors with harvesting when Cadmus was young. Unlike the activities from a generation ago, there isn’t as often a need for community support in this day and age, but Cadmus found the spirit of community is still alive and well.

“This area has some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet,” he said. “It’s beyond words.”

His son Ryan coordinated the group effort in the field. “Ryan said, ‘We had eight or nine people here, and they all had a grin on their faces,’” said Cadmus.

Surprises continued for Cadmus thanks to his grandsons, Wyatt and Evan. Juniors at Tecumseh High School (THS) and members of the football team, the brothers had a football signed by the whole team for their grandfather.

Until the blood clot kept Cadmus homebound, he and his wife never missed a game. Cadmus was deeply touched that all the players, many who don’t know him personally, would make such a kind gesture for him.

With so many stories about the bad behavior of high school students, Cadmus felt it was important to remind people that kids today can be very thoughtful and helpful. “I don’t have the words to express how it made me feel,” Cadmus said. “We just thought it was a wonderful thing they did.”

Hoping to be cleared for lifting and more activity on Monday with his follow-up doctor’s appointment, Cadmus believes all of the kindness showed by his friends and neighbors and the THS football team made for a quick recovery thanks to the power of positive thinking.

“It does help,” said Cadmus. “It really does.”

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