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StoryCorps: Lyle Link and Carly Dreher

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 02:33

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Carly Dreher (DRAY-er) interviews her grandfather Lyle Link, who is 90, about growing up on his family's farm. Read the full description.

Link_small Lyle Link left his father's farm after deciding that picking corn and shoveling manure wasn't for him. He met his future wife, Marion, at church and never looked back. Now 90, Link describes the life they lived together and his heartache now that she's gone. His wife, Marion Link, died Nov. 4, 2007, at the age of 87.

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Piece Description

Lyle Link left his father's farm after deciding that picking corn and shoveling manure wasn't for him. He met his future wife, Marion, at church and never looked back. Now 90, Link describes the life they lived together and his heartache now that she's gone. His wife, Marion Link, died Nov. 4, 2007, at the age of 87.

Broadcast History

NPR's Morning Edition May 2, 2008

Transcript

LL: My father believed that any man that needed a vacation should get a different job. Because for him, those hundred-and-ten acres was the whole world and he needed nothing else. But farming wasn't for me. I wasn't happy picking corn or shoveling manure. Although milking cows was good because I could sing opera in the farm milking cows and that was great.

CD: It sounds like you were the black sheep.

LL: Yeah, I drove my poor father nuts. He couldn't understand me. I remember his saying one day, "Son, you cannot think the thoughts you think." My brother was totally a farmer. He never made another footstep that my father hadn't made before and I couldn't walk in my father's footsteps to save my soul. So the day came I left.

CD: Tell me about how you met grandma.

LL: She came to the church that we attended and I said to her, "Someday I'm going to ask you to marry me." And I took her...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

"Americans across the country are taking the time to ask their loved
ones about their lives...

And Fridays we listen in on some of these conversations from the
StoryCorps project.

Like this one -- from Carly Dreher (DRAY-er), who interviewed her grandfather, Lyle Link, in Milwaukee.

Link is 90 years old.

He grew up on his family's dairy farm in Wisconsin.

But, as he told his granddaughter, he never quite fit in...

TAPE (2:33)
""My father thought that... live with courage.""

OUTRO:

90-year-old Lyle Link with his granddaughter, Carly Dreher (DRAY-er) in Milwaukee.

Their story will be archived along with ALL StoryCorps interviews at
the Library of Congress.

Related Website

http://www.storycorps.net/listen