“I so appreciate having grown up on a farm and learning how to work,” says Monroe native Bonnie Drake.
Bonnie’s grandparents homesteaded on Ben Howard Road in the 1890s. Her father and uncle farmed the land and each raised families of 4 children. Bonnie warmly remembers her early years with siblings and cousins in the house, most of which remain in the area and continue to be a strong part of her life. Her brother, Bud, still lives on the farm, and she is proud that it has been kept in the family.