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BEYOND THE FENCE: An enduring legacy

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It is said a part of oneself becomes a fragment of the greater whole when one deeply loves — be it person, place, or thing. Perchance an essence of one’s energy lingers to further enhance the environment whereupon it is instilled. As time passes, such energy may manifest into loved ones’ enduring legacies.

When 1941 dispossessed farmstead owners John and Edith Lisk were struggling to move home, family, and livestock off their 157-acre farm with merely three days’ notice from the government to create the Seneca Ordinance Depot, they had no idea that one day their great-granddaughter, Jennifer Merkle, would be born.

At the same time, when John and Edith’s pregnant daughter Emily Lisk VanRiper and husband Barton were also made to evacuate their home and property, they had no idea they were to birth a second child 17 months later. Their second born would bring granddaughter Jennifer into the world.

Both great-grandparents and grandparents would never know that........

© Finger Lakes Times

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