|Dan and Karen Anker have been farming in Peotone for approximately
35 years and have provided this area with wonderful, fresh vegetables for
most of that time. They had been farming for about ten years when
they found their first point while cutting asparagus and Dan put the artifact
upon a windowsill in the barn, which was the first mistake.
Along came their two young sons, Rob and Jim, and they proceeded to
place the point in a vice, applying pressure till the artifact could take
no more. You guessed it.....smashed to smithereens. Well, these
two young lads never did that trick again and they’ve never lived it down
either as the parents love to tell the story.
Once the family realized there were sites and artifacts on their property
the hunt began and the following collection is what they have found in
the last twenty-five years.......minus one.
Their Paleo artifacts are being documented in a study of Paleo sites
found within the state of Illinois, and particularly the Chicago area.
Unfortunately, this was the last year that the Ankers will provide this
area with home-grown vegetables as Dan has decided to retire, much to everyone’s
dismay. We will miss all that fresh produce but thank him and Karen
for sharing their collection with us.