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Emma M Buck
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Birth: 1904
Monroe County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 2004
Monroe County
Illinois, USA

21st Century Anachronism. She operated a pre-Civil War family farm in Illinois that remained virtually unchanged into the 21st century. The log cabin was built by her great-uncle, a German immigrant, in 1849. The 70-acre farm, a living rural museum, was named one of Illinois' 10 most endangered sites in 1998 by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Miss Buck lived there without running water, drawing her water from a well and she routinely used an outhouse, one of many structures on the farm as well as a blacksmith's shop, a smokehouse, a butchering shed, a threshing barn and an outdoor baking oven. While neighbors used tractors and other modern machinery, the Buck family had continued in their old ways. The farm was settled by Miss Buck's maternal great-grandparents, Christian and Christina Henke, German immigrants from East Friesland who came by boat from New Orleans and finally settled in western Illinois, about 35 miles down river from St. Louis, in 1841. Miss Buck deeded the farm to Ahne Road Farms Inc. thus preserving it as a historic site and interpretive center.

Cause of death: breast cancer. 
Buck Family Farm Historic Site
Monroe County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Corner of a cornfield.
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Jun 20, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8961082

 Added: Nov. 14, 2007
- Fred Beisser
 Added: Jun. 25, 2004

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