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Farmers pull together for colleague


By Iva Kay Horner
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 2:13 PM CDT


IVA KAY HORNER/Daily Review Atlas Friends, neighbors and relatives worked for the greater good Monday as they harvested 200 acres of corn for Dan Allaman of rural Monmouth, who was injured in a fall on October 4.
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A Warren County farmer will have no idea what kind of friends, neighbors and relatives he has until he wakes up.

As Dan Allaman of rural Monmouth lies in an induced coma at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, these friends, neighbors and relatives brought farm equipment of all makes and models to harvest close to 200 acres of corn near the family farm Monday morning.

Allaman was seriously injured October 4 after falling from the top of a grain bin he was climbing to repair. According to his mother, Alice, the 43-year-old had almost reached the top when he missed the top rung he was grabbing for.


After an ambulance ride to Galesburg, the rural Monmouth farmer was life-flighted to the Peoria facility where he has been placed in a drug-induced coma for injuries consisting of a compound fracture of both bones in an elbow, a fractured vertebrae, a crushed heel and a broken femur in his hip.

To date, Allaman has undergone surgery for the vertebrae and hip with more surgery to be faced, his mother explained, adding he is currently in the ICU at the facility.

With 600 acres of crops to be harvested in Warren County and many more in Henderson County, friends and neighbors from both counties, along with Allaman's family, pulled together Monday to help the hospitalized farmer and his family bring in the crop.

"What good neighbors we have," Alice commented. "They are wonderful. Things could have been a lot worse. We're thankful."

In all, around 25 farmers and friends brought combines, tractors, grain carts, wagons, semi tractor-trailers and farm trucks to the field, located east of Fairview Center United Methodist Church.

Beginning around 9 a.m., it didn't take long after the lunch hour for the owners of the Case, Ford, New Holland, John Deere, International Harvester and Kinze equipment to finish up the almost 200 acres of mile-long corn row and truck it to a nearby elevator.

The idea to help the Allaman family was a cooperative effort with one volunteer stating, "The whole neighborhood put this together. This is a community effort, not one individual. This is Cameron and Rozetta area neighbors helping each other."

Taking time to help those in greater need were Ron Stacker, Richard Fesler, Ron Koch, who furnished combines, David Brokaw, Brian Brokaw, Tom Long, Maurice Sprout, Frank and Mary Brokaw, Rob Elliott, Jack Brokaw, Dean and Ginny Clark, Jerry and Beverly Clark, who also brought their combine, Brad and Nancy Clark, Charlie, Brian Clark, Bill and Tim Allaman, with their combine, Dwight Sargent, Tom Missavage, Gary Meyer and Charlie and Lovell Green.

Providing lunch of pork chops, chips and fruit for the crew was the Yorkwood Athletic Booster Club, with help from Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, Monmouth, who sponsored food and refreshments for those who helped.

Dan and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 17 years and have three children, Jacob, age 5, Danielle, 10, and Allison, four years old.
 

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That's one great thing in a farming comunity, neighbors pull together when there is a need.

Great article Joe, thanks for posting it!!:thumbsup:
 

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Amen! Those folks are doing some serious harvesting but they are planting seeds of priceless value. We should all be so lucky to have friends such as that.
 

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You know I seem to remember some other guy that was down for the count, and had a lot of good frends help out.;)


It is real nice to see that with all the bad that goes on in this world, and with all the rudeness, and anger we all deal with on a daly bases, that when the chips are down, there are people willing to go WAY out of there way to help out.
 

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Helping Hand

Yes it is certainly heart warming to know that helping is not dead yet. This caring for victems seems to be a national heritage.

I think that prayers for this gentleman would be helpful too! Something that we can all do.
 

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Sounds just like your neighbors Joe :D

You know, while these truly are great neighbors, it also says
a lot about the guy who was hurt. He must have also been the
kind of guy that people would run to help.

Things like this seem so much better when the help is voluntary,
not mandatory. If people knew they may need their neighbors
some day, instead of counting the Govt. to bail them out, I’ll bet
a lot more of them would be better neighbors.
 

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Good Neighbors

Yes, it does work both ways doesn't it!

Do you ever watch extreme home makeover? Most of the shows are a result of someone else recommending a candidate. Then you will see all the neighbors pitching in to help. WHY, because the needy people are well loved and good neighbors that are down on their luck and need a hand.
 
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