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This photo was taken in 1965.

This was Clarion Chapman's farm north of Seneca IL. His parents owned 320 acres of which Clarion kept 160 and his brother kept 160. These 80 acres were sold to Neal and Royanne Reddy in 2000.

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This place was truely home to me. Just being in the fields with my daddy or in the kitchen with mama, were some of the most wonderful times of my life. I didn't think much about it back then, but now what I would give to just have one of those days back.

Holidays were the warmest times when the family all came together. There was so much love and I have been very blessed to have the raising I had. I would not trade it for anything in the world. It made me for what I am today. With each passing day I remember and am grateful. I say again I am truly blessed...

—Wanda Clark
 
 

We're so glad we found this in the huge sea of photos Vintage Aerial has. We filled in a hole in our home's photo history. Now we have 1964, '74, '82, 2000, '04 and '08. Pretty cool to see how things changed over the years before we "bought the farm" !!! Thanks Vintage Aerial!

—Chris Daly
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In 1872 (99 years before this photo was taken in 1971), my Great-Grandfather, Christ Heinzeroth, immigrated from Hessen-Nassau, Germany to the United States. After living in Ohio, in 1886 he came to Hardin County, Iowa, and eventually settled in Alden township, where he established the farm you see in this photo, originally consisting of two hundred and forty acres. During his life, he built a small house in 1899 and a large barn in 1906. He erected in all eleven buildings on the place. His annual income was mainly derived from livestock, including Shorthorn cattle, Poland China hogs, along with horses and other stock.

My Grandfather, John C. Heinzeroth was born to Christ and Barbara Heinzeroth in 1901. He farmed in Iowa his entire life side by side with his brothers George and Paul Heinzeroth.

Upon his brothers' deaths, he inherited their land and farmed actively until the 1950s when he sold the farm to my father. He torn down my Great-Grandfather's house and the house you see in the photo was originally a one room school house that he purchased and moved to the land and added to. When he handed over the farm to my Dad he moved into the town of Alden and passed away in 1977. One of my earliest memories was walking back to the farm with him after he ran his Ford pickup truck out of gas.

My Father, Ervin J. Heinzeroth, spent a year in California after graduating from high school and then began working for my Grandfather.

My Father eventually formed the partnership “Heinzeroth Brothers” with his brother Merle Heinzeroth and his sister Lorainne, and her husband, Dale Hansen. In all, Heinzeroth Brothers farmed 2000 acres of corn/soybeans, maintained a 25 head cattle herd and farrow to finish 2500 head of hogs annually. The operation also maintained six John Deere combines for custom harvesting operation. Later on, Heinzeroth Brothers also owned and operated six semis to haul grain and did custom hay and crop spraying operations, employing as many as 15 employees.

My Father married Carol (Jensen) Heinzeroth (who herself was raised on a small family farm in NW Iowa) and raised six kids: Lynne, Greg, Scott, Todd, Jill, and (FINALLY) myself (Joel).

My Father ran Heinzeroth Brothers for 40 years until his death in a farm accident in 1997. At the time of his death Heinzeroth Brothers was valued at two million dollars.

The farm (recognized as a Century Farm by the State of Iowa) is still in the Heinzeroth family, now being solely owned and operated my Uncle, Merle Heinzeroth, and his son Jeff.

I would like to dedicate my family story to my parents, Ervin and Carol Heinzeroth, who gave me and my brothers and sisters such a warm and loving home. I would especially like to recognize my Brother Scott Ervin Heinzeroth and Father Ervin John Heinzeroth who both passed away in farm accidents (my Brother in 1980 when he was just 20 and my Father in 1997 when he was 62) along with my cousin Tom Heinzeroth who also died tragically on the farm shortly before he was supposed to graduate from High School.

I hope you enjoyed my family's story.

Joel C. Heinzeroth
Major, United States Army
Fort Sill Oklahoma

(AND future SW Oklahoma Rancher with my wife Codi and Daughter, Emma Carol Heinzeroth)

—Joel C. Heinzeroth
 
 

This is my grandparents home-place built in the early 50's by my grandfather, with help from my father. The barn in the background was destroyed by hurricane Kate in 1985. I have lived in this house with my family since 1992. I spent many days and nights with my grandmother in this house making homemade ice cream, listening to the Braves games, etc. She was my buddy and I am so grateful to have this house now which I have remodeled and added on to.

—Charlie Bell
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This was taken in 1978 and I would of been 7 years old. The tractor in the picture would be a John Deere 3020 with a front mount cultivator with my dad or my grandpa driving.

—Chris Funke
 
 

This was taken in 1972 and I would of been 1 year old.

—Chris Funke
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Picture Looks great, the purchase process from the web was very easy and convient. I would and have already recommended you to others. Thanks.

 
 

We bought this property to make a horse camp on. We are finding out more history as we meet more folks from around the area. At one time this was a large dairy farm. Up in the back of the property is the old spring house that was used to cool milk and fruit. The spring still runs out of the hill side behind the spring house. The water is still cold and clean. We hope to one day soon make good use of the spring house.

—Jimbo Waller
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HISTORY OF DON LEU'S FEEDLOT

The farm was purchased from John Scherwood in 1956 that the lot was built on.

In 1957, five 2500 bushel steel bins were built. A 20'X 60' harvester was erected in 1959. A second 20'X 60' harvester was erected in 1960. A feed processing plant was built on the east side of the harvesters in 1961. A 150' foot Badger feed bunk under a roof was built in 1962. A 6000 bushel steel bin was erected in 1964. A truck scale was installed. Cattle processing allies were built to work in bound or out bound cattle. All cattle were branded with a registered brand. The system was designed to handle 3 lots holding 250 head of cattle per lot.

Over the years a large number of cattle were finished in these lots. In 1972, a pen of Holstein steers were finished that graded choice having a average weight of almost 2400 pounds.

This feed lot was sold to John Sloop in the latter part of 1978. He had cattle in the pens for about two years. He maintained nothing so guess what? This feed lot turned into a large pile of junk.

This history is written August 28, 2010; 54 years later by the original owner and builder.
DONALD E. LEU

—DONALD E. LEU