Where Everyone Knows Your Name

There is really nothing quite like small town America.  Your list of family includes your close friends and neighbors.  Neighbors help neighbors even though a neighbor is classified as someone who can live 15 or 20 miles away.  We work from sunup to sundown.  We view some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises because we are still working at that time of day.

Taking a short break. Gotta love that background!

Spring is a very busy time of year for America’s farmers and ranchers.  Calving.  Branding. Vaccinating and deworming.  Taking cows to summer pasture.  Fixing fence.  Spraying weeds.  Prepping fields for planting.  And the list goes on and on.  But there is something to be said for 22 men to take a day away from the long list that needs done to help a friend in need.

And that’s exactly what happened recently in south central Nebraska.

A friend of ours needed a mile and a half of barbed wire fence built before cattle could be turned out for summer pasture in a few weeks.  He was occupied with other things and wasn’t able to build the fence.  Troy decided to help him out and organized a crew of men to help build the fence.  What started out as a crew of 5 or 6 quickly grew to more than a dozen wanting to help our friend in need.

A Bobcat skid steer tractor. This is what we use to dig post holes. The auger on the front is run by hydraulics and digs the postholes.

When Troy told our friend in need what we had planned a few days before the event, he got choked up with tears on the phone.  He was so grateful for what his family, friends, neighbors and community were doing for him.

Moving supplies to a different area of the pasture

Friends donated supplies, fuel, skid steer tractors, posthole diggers, pickups, flatbed trailers and most importantly, their time and labor.  Troy figured two days of fence building to get the job done.

Setting fence posts into the ground

Filling the postholes with dirt and tamping the dirt real good. Gotta have them tight and no room for wiggling!

On the big day, 22 hard working men showed up to help build fence.  A mile and a half of barbed wire fence was built in 7 hours.  Now that’s getting something done!  Even the ladies helped out by bringing water, Gatorade and food for the crew!

Unrolling barbed wire

Stapling the wire to the post. This is the homestretch. Almost done for the day!

We were all amazed by the turnout of people who wanted to help our friend in need.  This is why America’s farmers and ranchers are such a generous group of people.  We will stop what we are doing in our busy lives to help a friend in need.  I am very blessed to live in an area where this isn’t a second nature.

Headed back to camp. This is the finished 5 wire barbed wire fence!

This is small town America. It’s the place where everyone knows your name.

I made the guys sit still long enough for a picture at the end of the day!


About Husker Cowgirl

I am a regional sales manager for Turnkey Computer Systems feedyard accounting software and an avid Husker fan. I am passionate about agriculture and especially beef cattle. I enjoy ranching the old fashioned way - using horses. I also enjoy taking my horses to town and competing with them at local, state and national events on the weekends.
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11 Responses to Where Everyone Knows Your Name

  1. okcableguy says:

    are you able to say where this was? if not I understand, just wondering how far away it was is all. Thats so awesome to see that… all said and done, I think thats a record for a 5 wire! I too love the Small Town America scene and what comes with it. You always KNOW you have a neighbor, but you never really realize you have a friend until moments like this when all of a sudden you have 22 friends out to help you do the impossible! Thanks for sharing the story! Very awesome to see, rebloging!

  2. okcableguy says:

    Reblogged this on Small Nebraska Farming and commented:
    What a great Small Town America story of help, understanding, and team work.

  3. jheem says:

    Nice post! I’m looking forward to reading more of them in the future.

  4. Robyn says:

    I grew up on a ranch around South Central NE! Mom and Dad live north of Kearney about 30 miles.

    I think it is awesome that there are so many individuals in rural communities that come together when one of our own is in need. Sometimes, when our friend or neighbor are not involved with agriculture also.

    Thank You for sharing.

    • Thats right, not only do we help those involved with agriculture, but other friends who are not also. Thanks Robyn for the comments. I enjoy reading where others are from!

  5. taylorloges says:

    I am from a very small town in Missouri and I know what you mean when you say a neighbor can live as far as 20 miles away! I enjoyed reading your post about ralling up and getting A LOT of fence built in just 7 hours. It truely is amazing what friends and family can do for one another when in need!

  6. What a wonderful post! Nothing like having your neighbors and close friends helpng you out in a bind! A couple of years ago, my dad went to Iraq and all neighbors joined together to help us cut wood for our wood furnace. After one day we had enough wood for the whole winter. I love small town families!

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