Five Acres Gives Marion County Couple Plenty to Do During Crisis

Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp About Dealing with Unusual Times

Coping Galen & Linda EckhardtBy BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – When a couple from Nebraska bought five acres on East Prospect Road about a year ago, they didn’t realize it would become their shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We just bought a property north of town,” Galen Eckhardt said. “We have five-and-a-half acres with a lot of trees and grass.”

The spread has given Galen and Linda an abundance of tasks to do while obeying the shelter in place order.

“I have plenty of work to do on the property,” Galen said. “It had not had any significant maintenance in several years. We are trying to restore the aesthetic value.”

Although there is plenty of work, Galen, a retired electrician, said he does not set a fast pace.

“I’m only good for a few hours a day,” he said. “I’m steady, though. I get after it at least once every day.”

Galen said the work helps keep him fit.

“The little exercise lets me keep myself limbered up,” he explained.

The work also keeps him close to home.

“I’ve been off the property twice in the last two or three weeks,” Galen related.

So far, the coronavirus pandemic has not affected his life to any great degree.

Mastercraft Coping Sponsorship April 2020 Sample2“The crisis has not bothered us in any serious way,” Galen said. “My income doesn’t change.”

Galen and Linda do miss going to the Jefferson restaurants.

“This has affected our ability to go out to eat,” Galen said. “We enjoy going to Knight Light, McGarity’s and Auntie Skinners, as well as Riverport Barbecue. We like most of the downtown Jefferson outlets. We’re sure looking forward to them reopening.”

Meanwhile, Galen enjoys reading mystery novels. Tom Clancy is one of his favorite authors. Linda surfs the internet.

Although Galen feels they will weather this storm in good shape, he worries about young adults.

“I have sympathy for young folks,” Galen said. “I try to think through what it would have meant to me when I was a dependent on a paycheck. There are certain segments that will never be made whole again.” 

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