Monthly Archives: April 2020

Homesteading on the Kanaranzi

In the spring of 1870, John B. Shurr and his nephew, stood on a hill about one mile south of the State Line and looked out to the east over the valley of the Kanaranzi Creek. The Rock River valley … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

“Runs as the crazy man walks.” That’s what Grandma Daisy Walker Shurr said the word “Kanaranzi” meant. This is what the Creek looked like back in the early Seventies below the hill where our house is located. A friend of … Continue reading

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“Sabbath” on the Farm

Voluntary self-isolation during this current COVID-19 crisis can be considered an opportunity to celebrate an extended “Sabbath”. That was the suggestion made by one of our favorite pastors in his virtual sermon this past Palm Sunday. He reminded us that … Continue reading

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Kanaranzi Creek and Covid-19

The last two years we’ve had record rainfall and Kanaranzi Creek has changed a lot because of it. Although the spring melts have not produced much flooding, the summer “rain bombs” have resulted in bank-full flows sustained over long periods … Continue reading

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