30 March 2009

A Noble Life In Southeast Kansas

The 12th Edition of Smile For The Camera asks us to share a photo that is the embodiment of A Noble Life.
I didn't think I had a photo that would represent a noble life until I came across this one in my collection.

c. 1910, George Wesley Harris, Hillery T. Harris and John Fletcher Harris; Allen County, Kansas

It occurred to me that a noble life did not have to mean royalty, fame or wealth. It could mean a life that was lived honestly and proudly. My great great grandfather George Wesley Harris (pictured on the far left) certainly looks proud in this picture. One hand over his heart and the other pointing to the ground as if saying, "This is my land and I worked hard to come by it, by God." He did not have the money for modern farm equipment, but his son (my great grandfather Hillery T. Harris) looks like he knows how to handle those horses. I do not know what kind of crops they grew, but I know that there was only 40 acres. That 40 acres was George Wesley Harris' kingdom.

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