Briggs and her husband, Paul Hill, have been together for 33 years. In 1984 while on vacation to visit a friend who lives east of Moravia, they got married at the Appanoose County courthouse in Centerville.
The friend, Bill Ward, who farms east of Moravia, had purchased a second farm and he didn’t need the house and some of the other buildings. He made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
“We were living in Pittsford, Vermont at the time (we are both Vermont natives) and the price of land was very high,” Briggs said. “Bill offered us the house and 10 acres at a price that was less than we could buy an acre of land for in Vermont so we packed up and headed west.”
For 18 years they lived east of Moravia and seven years ago they moved to Rathbun.
Briggs said she has enjoyed the last 25 years.
“Any job has it challenges and working for a newspaper you are under constant deadlines, even on the business side.” Briggs said. “You can’t help but have a bad day now and then and get frustrated but overall I enjoy what I do.”
Briggs said technology and the integration of computers are probably the biggest changes she has seen.
“Now people would rather read the paper on their computer, phone, etc,” Briggs said. “They don’t take the time to actually sit down with the paper in their hands and read it. I would much rather sit on the porch listening to nature and read the paper then stare at some machine to read it. I think it’s much more relaxing, especially after dealing with machines all day at work. My husband says I have ink in my blood. I guess after all these years I still don’t mind getting some on my fingers reading the paper.”