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This farm was first established in 1846 when it was purchased from the U.S. government. It was 160 acres at the time. Sometime in the early 1900's it was split into two 80 acre pieces. My dad bought the farm the same year this photo was taken, which is 1973. He always wished he would have bought the picture when they came around with it in 74, but he figured there was no need. I was amazed when Clarence, my Vintage Aerial librarian told me he thought he found the picture. We looked through about 20 pictures and sure enough we found it.

My dad married my mom in 1978. They had four kids and still live on the farm. There have been many changes to the farm over the years. I can only count three buildings on this photo that are still standing today. Many good memories come from looking at this picture and I can not say enough about how awesome it is what Vintage Aerial is doing to reconnect people with their photos.

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Grandpa and Grandma's home was moved from a nearby town in the 1960s to where it is seen here in 1979. Great Granny's home, also visible beneath the trees, was directly across the way. What a profound picture being captured not knowing that the view today would be very different. The home is still standing full of love with its additions. Granny's home, the barn, and the tree stump are no longer there, but the memories will forever hold. It has withstood major storms which tore apart the front room as it was being built, and further damaged parts of the original foundation. It has housed generation after generation. As relevant as it may be to the history of rural America, it is most relevant in my heart and the heart of our family. I could never imagine what life would be like without Grandpa and Grandmas farm.

—Mary Algya
 
 

This is a pioneer farm in Blue Earth County, near Mankato, MN. The NW part of the brick house (center of picture) was built by the Federal Gov't for the Winnabago Indian Reservation, which existed here from 1855 to 1863. Joseph May bought the land in 1865. This picture was taken in 1977.

—Jack May
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This is a pioneer farm in Blue Earth County, near Mankato, MN. The NW part of the brick house (center-right of picture) was built by the Federal Gov't for the Winnabago Indian Reservation, which existed here from 1855 to 1863. Joseph May bought the land in 1865. This picture was taken in 1967.

—Jack May
 
 

My Parents built this house in 1959. I was 14 at the time. They live the rest of their lives here. The fields around house are now condos.

—Glenn Bard Jr.
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My Grandparent bought this farm in 1935 and my uncles had an airport here for most of the time until it sold in 1970.
This where I spent all my spare time as a child and young adult.

—Glenn Bard Jr.
 
 

Got the aerial photo yesterday in time for our Family Christmas today! It is Awesome it is everything and more than i expected.You can even see my brother in the picture.Cant wait till they open it this afternoon.Thanks for your courteous service.

—Robert Barrows
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Very nice! You did an excellent job on the photo and the frame was better than I expected! It will bring back many great memories for our family and my Dad! I just can't wait to see his face when he opens this Christmas present. He was just saying the other day that he wished he would have bought one of these photos years ago when they flew over! My Dad will be surprised when he opens this! Thanks again!

—Mike Northrup
 
 

My grand pap bought this farm form the grand dauther of Andrew G McLanahan in 1962, then my dad got it . I spend many of day working the ground. I was told that some kids spent many of summers helping farm. When we moved here in 1985 my sons built forts, went fishing and would get lost in the corn fields. Now we have grandsons to enjoy the Conococheague Settlement as well.

—Michael & Karen young
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Known as the James Rody Homestead, on the East Bank of the Conococheague Creek. Originally settled by James Rody 1735. It was 1 of the 4 early homesteads in Antrim township , which comprised the first white settlement in the area, known as the Conococheague Settlement.

—Michael & Karen young