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Century Farms 1988


Posted By: Lydia Lucas - Volunteer (email)
Date: 1/7/2017 at 13:42:04

From the Sioux County Capital-Democrat, October 20, 1988:

Century Farms grow older

Nowadays land can become a commodity to be handled as only an investment, the value of which is determined in profit-loss columns or spreadsheet cells. It is refreshing to see families recognized for hanging onto land and passing it along to succeeding generations. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in conjunction with the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation recently awarded Century Farm designations to ten area families.

The Century Farms program honors families who have owned Iowa farmland for one hundred years or more. The Iowa Department of Agriculture believes it important to recognize families who preserve the family farm. Beginning in 1976, the year of our country’s bicentennial, 9,112 certificates have been awarded to Iowa farm families, 320 this year. Eighteen farm families were recognized from Sioux County, the most awarded this year in any county in the state.

Families awarded the Century Farm designation include, from the Granville area, the families of Regina S. Croat and Cyril J. Haupert; from the Hospers area, the families of Mary H. Allen and Judson N. Wolf; from the Ireton area, the family of Gladys Eileen Vlieger (Becker); from the Maurice area, the family managing Golden Oaks, Inc. (the George F. Meyer family) and the Gene R. Hawkins family; from the Orange City area, the families of Milo and Calvin L. Bogaard, William Beltman and Merlin E. Rowenhorst.

Other Sioux County families honored include the Marie, Lyle, and Laryl and Sharon Heitritter families of rural Boyden; the Fred and Stena Yunker family of rural Rock Valley; the Ann Mulhern family of rural Sheldon; the Gerben DeVries, Henrietta Eppink, Harry Kuhl and Harold H. Moeller families of rural Sioux Center.

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The article is accompanied by photographs and farm histories (each posted separately) for several of these farms:

Beltman, Hendrikus--Century Farm 1877?-1988.
Bogaard, Dirk--Century Farm 1888-1988.
Hawkins, Henry J.--Century Farm 1886-1988.
Meyer, Jacob--Century Farm 1882-1988.
Rowenhorst, Otto--Century Farm 1885-1988.
Wolf--Century Farm 1888-1988.
Croat, Nick--Century Farm 1888-1988.
Becker, Henry F.--Century Farm 1888-1988.


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