This aged couple still enjoy very good health, and Frank is still able to do much of his farm work. He even said he would enlist if the army would only accept him.
Their many friends wish for them many more years of happy wedded life.
Born in West Creek Township, the son of Giles Haskell and Elizabeth Albright, Frank has never lived outside of West Creek, where he has farmed and hunted along the Kankakee. Frank can entertain visitors with fabulous tales of fishing and hunting at River Ridge. (Incidentally, looking through the 1890's files of the Tribune, we notice social items came in regularly from River Ridge). Still quite spry and healthy, Frank enjoys having company. Two years ago, he was forced to give up his favorite winter work of wood chopping. Frank's father was born in our neighboring state, Illinois. Truly the Haskells are area pioneers.
Frank's three sons, John, Guy and Walter, (one son, Ray, passed away 23 years ago) and their families were present Sunday to shower him with well wishes and pleasing gifts.
The family circle included the honoree, Mr. and Mrs. John Haskell, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Haskell, daughter, Mary, and son, Milford, Mrs. Ethel Moyer, all of Lowell; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Haskell, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Haskell, of Crown Point; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haskell and son, Bobby, of Hobart, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Haskell and son, Butch, of Gary, Mr. and Mrs. James Gross, sons, Danny, Larry, James, and daughter, Rebecca, of Marion, Mr. and Mrs. John Schelfo and son, Johnny, of Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. John Bradley, son, Kenneth, and daughters, Radine and Edna, of Cedar Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Jess O'Brien of Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. Fay Haskell of Chicago Heights, and Mrs. Carrie Wietbrock of Merrillville. A grandson, Junior, stationed with the Army in Germany, and a granddaughter, Wilma, who is a patient at the Parramore hospital, were unable to attend.
Mr. Haskell enjoys very good health as well as varied interests. A pioneer farmer of the Kankakee marshlands, wood chipping is still considered a necessary farm chore and at 93 he hitches his team to a wagon and spends the day making wood. Flying is a thrilling pleasure enjoyed by Mr. Haskell.
A life-long resident of the Kankakee valley region, Mr. Haskell had his first plane ride on his 91st birthday when John flew him over the river. This year Frank saw industrial Lake County, Lake Michigan and then some of the state of Michigan. The open hearth fires at the steel mills and the densely populated Calumet region were a wondrous sight to Frank.
Go to Frank Haskell, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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