The group quickly organized men,
wagons, trucks and combines. They set to work at about 11 a.m. and
finished around 8 p.m. Using nine combines, in that short time they
brought in the Crosses' entire seed bean crop. They harvested 420
acres of soybeans.
The farmers were fed dinner by several
of the wives around 11:30 a.m. "They ate a lot," one of the cooks
said. One of the wives, Penny Rademaker, said, "Isn't this what
we're supposed to do in friendship and love?"
Brian Wrage, Jim Boerma, Greg Cross,
Brian Cross, Brent Hellman, John Cross, Todd Crane, Jim Klokkenga
and Mark Rogers all brought combines. Don Batterton, Jay Russell
Cross, Gene Cross, Bob Hayes, Bob Cross, Glenn Cross, Rick Hanna,
Terry Baker, Brad Schleder, Duane Klopp, Junior Rademaker, Allen
Barry, Ron Barry, Harold Rayburn, Gary Cross, Hank Podbelsek, Daniel
Eeten, Jerry Crane, Warren Smith and Bill Rademaker, along with Glen
Harley Beck from Tri-Ag in Atlanta, all worked together to help bring in the crop.
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The Crosses are getting along pretty
well right now. Donna said that their first sign of trouble was just
on Sept. 23. An MRI and a doctor's visit on Sept. 30 revealed that
David has a large brain tumor. He has been receiving radiation and
chemotherapy. The doctors say this type of cancer can usually be
fought for two years, and it would take a miracle to go beyond that.
The Crosses are hoping for a miracle.
The Cross children are all grown and
living out of state. Vicky is in North Carolina, Scott in
California, and Danny is currently posted in the service in Georgia.
Donna said that their children were
returning from seeing their father in the hospital on the day the
crop was brought in. They were still on the highway and noticed a
big dust cloud in the distance. One said in astonishment, "They're
bringing in the crops!" One son cried for 10 minutes when they got
"We are ever, ever so grateful to our neighbors and friends coming
in that day. I don't know what we would have done if they hadn't
done that. We're just so thankful."