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Hemer-Hunter Farm Sees 126 Years
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.
German Immigrant Finds Fertile Shelby Land
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.
Foltz Farm Sees 4th Generation
The great grandson of a Rural Township landowner holds the deed to Centennial farmland.
Donnel Farm Sees 6th Generation, New Forms of Agribusiness
The sixth generation of a prominent Westervelt family is now living in the home built by their great-great-great grandfather.
Shelby Woman Inherits Sesquicentennial Farm
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.
Harley Farms Receives Centennial Honors as Gift
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.
Helton/Stewardson Farm Sees 100 Years
Ninety acres of Shelby County farmland has been passed from great grandfather through the generations to great grandson.
Barrett/Bowman/Johnson Farm Sees 6 Generations
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.
Gallagher/Elbert Land Newest Centennial Farm Claim
Shelbyville resident Julie Elbert has recently been honored with a second centennial farm in her name.
Baby's First Christmas 2010
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