It’s a good thing Maynard and Jeanice Cress had no say in the matter. Because the self-effacing couple are the last to think they deserve to be recognized for what they consider as just part of life’s work.
Even so, the Cresses were the stars of Thursday night’s Allen County Farm Bureau annual banquet as their neighbors and friends rose to their feet as the Cresses came forward to receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cresses have raised cattle and crops for the past 56 years in rural Humboldt. Maynard’s first vehicle was a tractor, not a pickup, so he could farm land rented from a neighbor.