Filed under: Family Contests,Family Events,Farm — Chamberlain @ 10:20 pm
No. 207

This Thanksgiving was special. For several years Will Cromie, Bill Skinner and Sarah Dunn, among others, have wanted an up-to-date survey and aerial photo of Moone Athy. Mark Ditch, whose family surveying firm had done work for us in the past, this fall finished a several year effort to get our corners staked and lines surveyed. For Thanksgiving, appropriately enough, Sarah and he presented a framed, demarcated aerial photograph of Moone Athy Farm to the gathered family – with a challenge! First though, the aerial:


Moone Athy Aerial 2013


The Challenge

The 2014 “RACE TO THE CORNERS” Contest

Given the ungovernable competitiveness inherent in the Chamber’s genome you knew this was coming.

In a push to introduce the farm beyond the kitchen and hearth to the youth (defined loosely) of the family, the management is sponsoring a contest, ending next Thanksgiving 2014 between two teams of family members, the Delta Force vs the Green Berets. To date Isabel Smith, Trey and Helene Tatum, Davey Pentland, Jack McClelland, and Peter Smith are all Green Berets, while Hugh Law, Bobby and Mary Dunn, Eddie and Lory Fehlig are known members of the Delta Force. For those wishing to enlist, pick a team. Spare maps are on hand on the piano at Moone Athy. A compass will be a must – cell phone apps are very handy. GPS coordinates may prove vital in closely contested and disputed claims so think about adding that data to your photo submission. Be sure the Chamberlain knows which team you are on so we can keep numbers balanced, and email me if you’d like to join up.

You will note on these photographs the farm boundaries are outlined in yellow. There are 32 corners. These have been marked by Sarah, Neal Fuhr and David Pentland with the letters “A” – “Z”, and then for corners 27 – 32, the numerals “1” – “6”. The image below shows the start point (red arrow) and the transition from letters to numbers (green arrow), with the direction of labeling being clockwise. Of course you can start anywhere you please.


Corners Labeled


As of this writing Isabel Smith and Trey Tatum (Green Berets) have taken the lead, having identified corners “K”, “N”, “M” and “J”. Delta Force, close behind, has identified “K”, “M” and “N”.

Several points to keep in mind. Farmers in the old days ran pigs and cattle through the woods. Hence you will come across barbed wire in the brush. It can be a good guide to corners – but not always. Be careful not to become caught up in it. Take a picture of your identified corner and email it to me (, with the letter/number on it clearly visible. The corners are all T-posts (iron posts about 5′ high) with a yellow cap on top and a letter/number wired onto it. See pictures below.Some T-posts with caps are way points rather than corners – only capped T-posts with a letter or number are genuine corners. The true corners always have some other marker – an old iron pipe or marked rock (e.g. “G” corner has a carved rock at its base.). Anyone (attention Iowans!) found removing corner markings to throw off competitors will be disqualified summarily and publicly outed on these pages. Finally, avoid exploring during deer and turkey hunting seasons (click here for listings).


Typical Corner – Delta Force (Hugh Law)

Trey Tatum checks Dog Tags


Speaking of hunting, can anyone guess where these gobblers were photographed????





No photoshop trickery here folks – just the occasional CWE turkey strut. Range fed no less…

Looking at that map, we do have so much to be thankful for, don’t we?

Happy hunting!



  1. Turkeys were strutting in front of 4969 Pershing Place.

    Comment by Eleanor Withers — December 4, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  2. Safer by far than at Moone Athy Eleanor!

    Comment by rcdunnii — December 4, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

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