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The Bakers now live about a mile away across on the section on the opposite comer. Baker said his grandfather Wilbur and his grandmother Bernice bought out the estate of Melvin and Celia around 1935. Bruce's father, Clair, and his two brothers Donn and Miles became the next owners after Wilbur and Bernice's estate was sold in 1984. The farm Bruce and Nancy Baker live on now was jointly owned by the three brothers. Brace's father Clair and his wife Betty had /d ! New Market, and have three chil- dren Sophie, Eva, and Grant. Ryan and his wife, Marissa, live in Walnut Grove, and have one son Nolan. Trent and his wife, Kristy, live in Walnut Grove. Nancy and Dean Baker show the sign and certificate they received Bruce for their Century Farm Designation. talked about his three other children, Brian, Barbara, and grandpa Wilbur. He said he was quite con- Brent. servative -- at that time things were not too Bruce and Nancy purchased the place good on the farm. They really had to struggle they now live on from a cousin's wife Mrs. to make their payments on the farm. They Kevin Baker in 2010. really gave up a lot to keep the farm going The Bakers have three sons Todd, Ryan, -- a lot of the things we take for granted and Trent. Todd and his wife, Micara, live in now, they had to do without -- there were no Wilbur and Bernice Baker. safety nets for them back then. Wilbur was one of the last farmers in the area to give up using horses, even though he did have tractors. He also was one of the last to quit using threshing machines to thresh the grain in the late fifties, by that time most farmers had already begun using combines to harvest their grain. Baker -- on page 3 Dean Fishel packs up his one man band and entertains at many area nursing homes and other local venues Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- Dean Fishel was always interested in music since he was a small boy. He was born and raised on a farm just south of Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. Also as a matter of fact, Fishel said, "I still am living in the same house I was born in and still sleep in the same bedroom." However, Fishel who is retired, was a welder by trade and early on worked in fac- tories in St. James, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Windom in his younger years. Fishel mused, "when I worked in a Chevrolet factory in Wisconsin, we made a car every 58 seconds, and a truck every 30 seconds -- at that time the factory had 4,000 workers, Today they do it with half the num- ber of workers." Locally he worked for Boeck's Construction as a mechanic, truck driver, and heavy equipment operator. Later he worked with his son Paul for 20 years in the excava- tion business. He and his wife, Mary, raised five chil- dren, numerous grand and great grandchil- dren. "I was always interested in music -- in high school I was in everything I could be in, quartets, octets, choir, and solos," Fishel said. He also sings in church for weddings, and funerals. In addition to his singing Fishel did a lot of square dance calling and teaching. Fishel said, "we were really busy with square danc- es in the eighties and nineties -- one year I Dean Fishel singing. was gone about 170 nights calling and teach- ing." "We had 34 square dance clubs in south- west Minnesota, now there are only six left," Fishel said. "The past few years since both parents work, it seem they just don't have the energy to get out and dance. You don't have to go out anymore to be enter- tained -- the computer has really changed how people spend their free time." Also in the nineties Fishel sang with the Wilder Pageant Singers for seven or eight years. "It was a broadening experience," he said. Now when he performs, he uses a Suzuki Q-chord, it has about 70 built in rhythms he uses to accompany himself. It also has a strum bar that he uses to change the type of sound the amplified device puts out. In the area he started out playing in nurs- .... if ing homes singing a variety of gospel and country oldies tunes. He still does perfor- mances for square dance parties along with at community events. He performs at several area nursing homes on a regular basis. Some of the homes he performs at include: Westbrook, Sleepy Eye. Springfield, Mountain Lake, Wabasso, Lamberton, and Fulda. When he performs in nursing homes some of the residents with dementia or alzheimers may not know who he is but they recognize the older tunes he plays. "I really enjoy playing for those folks," he said. "I really feel blessed that I am able to bring some joy to the folks in the nursing homes." When he first started performing in nursing homes he sometimes wondered why he was doing this. A lot of the peo- ple there didn't seem to react at all to his playing. But then he noticed see- ing a toe moving or a toe Dean Fishel playing and tapping. Westbrook. Afterwards rel- atives would come up to,him and tell him how much their mother or father enjoyed his singing. "It just makes me feel good, even when I don't think they are even listening -- one fellow who I thought slept through the whole thing, struggled to come up to me afterward and wanted to thank me for singing," Fishel said. "It gives me something to get up in the morning for- as long as I feel I am contrib- uting to something and I can keep doing it, I will do it as long as I can," he said. singing at the Good Samaritan Society - IIII II II II !i ; i i~!~ iiiil;i ii Detalls , ponsors, ,,, ,,,, ,, and entry form can be found on page 8 ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 7 IN SIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT : PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA NEWS PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 FALL SPORTS AGE INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 E Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune i '.