SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Check out Shelbyville Dam's 40th Anniversary with the Shelbyville Daily Union's latest edition of Next Door magazine.
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In 1846 a German couple, George and Barbara Hemer, and their six children immigrated to the United States and settled in Vellonia, Indiana. In 1885 their son George and his wife Catherine moved to the northernmost part of Shelby County to begin a new life.
In the mid-1800s Winand Schmitz migrated from Germany to Wisconsin. Eventually he took a train south and ended up in the southwestern corner of Shelby County.
The great grandson of a Rural Township landowner holds the deed to Centennial farmland.
The sixth generation of a prominent Westervelt family is now living in the home built by their great-great-great grandfather.
In 1840 a young man traveled from Ohio to Illinois where he staked out three tracts of land totaling 360 acres in Shelby County from the government.
A wife wanted to give her husband a special Christmas gift. So after a bit of research, she was able to present him with the Illinois Department of Agriculture Centennial Farm honors.
Ninety acres of Shelby County farmland has been passed from great grandfather through the generations to great grandson.
A Civil War veteran inherited a parcel of Shelby County land from his wife’s father and kept it in the family name through four more generations.
Shelbyville resident Julie Elbert has recently been honored with a second centennial farm in her name.