Bettina Hansen

photojournalism in musing and pictures

Rube and Nick

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My EAW story was to follow this man, Rube, who owns the oldest farm in Parksville, the little town our Blue Team was documenting. Parksville is a community in transition that is being bypassed by a major interstate project that is tearing up a lot of the land in the town and diverting traffic away from their already dying businesses. Rube is a native of the town of Liberty; Parksville is one of four or five of Liberty’s hamlets. Rube used to be the mayor of Liberty and now owns several of the farms in the area and takes it upon himself to do odd jobs and take care of people in the community who have no one else, like his neighbor Nick, pictured here, a man in his nineties with severe Alzheimers. His wife and daughter are more or less ‘city girls’ but he would prefer to live out the rest of his life in Parksville, working on his hobby farm and checking in on the neighbors that depend on him most. I’m going through these pictures slowly, as I catch up on rest from the past couple weeks and work on getting stuff all set in my new apartment in Hartford.

rube and nick


Written by bettinahansen

October 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Posted in bettina hansen

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  1. What is going on in the photo? It looks like he’s hiding under a blanket :)


    October 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    • he kind of was – rube was bringing him food. he acts kind of childish sometimes.


      October 23, 2009 at 1:26 am

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