Wow: Gift of beans sprouts historic
Illinois: Lee Bentley and Marty Travis have repaid a 180-year-old debt their family owed the Kickapoo -- with beans.
“Having discovered these beans were still alive, it seemed like a right thing to do,” Lee Bentley said. “Shucks, you don’t get a chance to do something like this every day."
Bentley and Travis's ancestors, the Darnall family, arrived in Illinois from Kentucky in October, 1829. The family was unprepared for the harsh winter of 1830, among the worst on record. Except for American Indians, the Darnalls were alone in the area.
When Kickapoo travelers came across the family and realized their plight, they returned with enough beans for them to eat and to grow more food in spring.
Those beans enabled Valentine Darnall, his wife, Rachel, and their four children ages 2 - 9 family to survive/
honor of being able to return [the
to them is pretty paramount,” said
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