Family farm settled in 1815 could be destroyed

To the editor:

My wife and I are 85 years of age and live on our family farm consisting of 200 acres. The proposed Mid-States Corridor routes B and C run right through our farm. This road will take out not only our house, but our daughter, our son, and two of our granddaughter’s homes too. Almost my entire family will be displaced.

I’m told by some supporters of this project, "no problem, just move."

No! This land has been in my family lineage since before Indiana was a state. My ancestors immigrated and came in from North Carolina in 1815. They settled in Dubois County and built their lives on the land we sit on now. One of our granddaughters and her family are building a new home right now, our other granddaughter finally moved “home” after living in Seattle to be on family land. They are now remodeling the home that her great-great-great-grandfather built with native lumber from the farm.

Many of our ancestors are buried in the Alexander graveyard on this land that would be plowed over by this proposed road. This cemetery has Civil War veterans buried there. You can’t “just move” and replace all this with the same quality of life we have now. Near us are several new housing developments where many new residents to Dubois County are moving into. They do not want a superhighway, noise and pollution on their doorsteps either.

Before retirement, I worked in sales and traveled throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Illinois. I have seen firsthand the devastation of what these superhighways have done to the agricultural industry and small towns in their path. And it did not bring prosperity and economic growth!

I hope that our community will wake up before it is too late. We do not need a roadway that gives all the travelers an opportunity to bypass our beautiful towns, destroy acres of prime farmland, and destroy the lives of those in its path.

If the road is constructed on this route or any of these routes, you can understand the sorrow we will have.

—Tom Kellams

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