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Children of the corn

November 9, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
I should have guessed. Since our story about the boy lost in the corn appeared in this week's Register I am starting to hear more stories about kids lost in the corn. I guess it happens more than we know. Although not a daily occurence, kids do go into the cornfield and get lost. Adults do too. Most of the stories I have heard so far this week deal with the kid finding their own way out of the corn. One of the more interesting stories adds to my column in this week's Register, about Carl Heinrich getting lost in the same cornfield 70 years ago. I got a call from our gardening columnist, Hank Wessels. It seems many years ago Hank's son, Wayne, got lost in a cornfield that was located less than a mile from the one that both Carl Heinrich and Aidan Johnson got lost in. It seems Hank and his family lived on a farm right by the Heinrich/Johnson farm. They were neighbors and friends. Hank says after Wayne got lost in the corn, Hank went out and built a fence around the farm yard to keep the kids from wandering off into the cornfields. Somehow this is starting to take on a folk tale life of its own. Sort of the 'Bermuda Triangle' of the corn belt. But instead of planes and boats disappearing in the ocean, it is kids wandering off into the corn. No wonder there are people who are totally spooked by cornfields, and refuse to get anywhere near them. Some not only can't watch "Children of the Corn," they can't even watch "Field of Dreams," because the ball players are hiding in the corn. Maybe they were once lost in the corn as children, and that is why they wind up in Kevin Costner's corn.


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