Well into his 90s, Watkinsville farmer Henry B. Elder was planting and harvesting crops beside his Morrison Street home.

“The tractor had no power steering [and] no power brakes … but he’d still be up there,” said one of his daughters, Zynita. 

On Aug. 24, Elder celebrated his 96th birthday with relatives from three of the five generations of his family.

Since the mid-to-late 1970s, Elder grew and sold corn, tomatoes, okra, cabbage and other vegetables from the hut next door to his house. 

“He would be outside from sun up to sun down. Everybody in Watkinsville pretty much knew him,” Zynita said. “A lot of them would stop and buy their vegetables from him.” 

Picking from the garden was easier than going to the grocery store, Zynita said.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 10 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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