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Meryl 'Robert' Fairchild - Rochester

Meryl Robert Fairchild, like several generations before him, spent a lifetime farming in the Rochester, Illinois area. He attended Rochester schools, graduating from high school in 1949. He attended University of Illinois briefly, but his time there was interrupted when his father needed help on the farm. He never returned to college. He married Helen Jane Brubaker on October 24, 1954. Bob and Helen had two sons and a daughter.

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Meryl Robert Fairchild (Bob), taken at his home at the time of his interview in May, 2017.

Where:

Illinois

When:

May,2017

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Oral History Program photo

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An aerial view of the Fairchild family farm taken in the fall of 1973. The farm was located Buckhart Road, east of Rochester.

Where:

Rochester, Illinois

When:

1973

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Narrator’s photo

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Bob works on his rural Rochester farm in 1983. The picture appeared on the cover of Prairie Farmer magazine, date unknown.

Where:

Rochester, Illinois

When:

1983

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Meryl Fairchild, Sr. stands next to his combine on the family farm in 1955.

Where:

Rochester, Illinois

When:

1955

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Narrator’s photo

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The Fairchild family visited Washington, D.C. in 1972 and met with Representative Paul Findley on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Where:

Washington, D.C.

When:

1972

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Narrator’s photo



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