In 1969, I was a 12 year old 4-H member who was tired of losing to the fancy Holsteins I was showing my home grown calves against. I decided I wanted a Jersey and bought one at the sealed bid auction at the Litchfield County (CT) 4-H Fair for $157. I borrowed $10 from my younger sister who claimed the tail until I paid her back. My new calf was named Peet Farm Julhous Rita but we called her Jersey. Briggs and Beth Cunningham, who had a farm in Kent, Connecticut, were the generous donors of Rita. I adored Beth Cunningham!! She had strawberry blond hair, loads of freckles and was always smiling. Thus began my life long love of the Jersey cow.
This week, the Worton Elementary School’s kindergarten class visited the farm . Lo and behold, one of the delightful students on the field trip was Braydon Michael Wallace, the Cunningham's great grandson! Small world!!