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This is taken in 1976. In 2010 it turned to a century farm that I live on and my brother farms. My father and grandfather have farmed it previously. It is a great way to capture your farmily history.

—Lynn Wernimont

Thank you so much for all your work in searching the archives for the photographs. They bring back many old memories of growing up on the farm.

—Alvin Knaak

As far as some of the Farm's history. We know that it was a Wicker Farm that was passed down the generations until all the Wicker's had passed. The property had been sitting unihabitated and unused for over 15 years before we came to rescue it. When we bought it in 2005, the house had one room upstairs that had nails sticking out all over the walls. We assume this was where they dried their own seed corn. The barn was very large. I believe it had 16 horse stalls. We found an antique horse drawn stump puller in the hay loft in which we donated to the Jackson County Historical Society. We torn down the barn and saved all of it's beams. They were sold to a builder in South Carolina and are hopefully now a beautiful feature to someone's timber frame house.

—Melissa Wood

For 40 years this was a Rients farm.

Albert Rients bought this 160 acre farm in 1918 for $200 an acre. An old granary and chicken house were replaced in 1930 and the farmhouse was remodeled in 1936. A basement was dug by hand and a cistern with a hand pump in the kitchen were added at this time. Electricity came to the farm in 1936, this bought many changes. The pump house being one of these, it housed the electric water pump which delivered water to the farm building. In 1941 the silo was put up. In 1945 an old barn was torn down and this large barn was built. It housed their horses and had stanchions for milking cows and a large hay mow to store the hay. The cap was put on the silo in 1946. The garage was built in the 1950's and the cattle barn in 1960's to replace old ones the were taken down.

Arnold Rients is in the garage/shop and he is working on the tailgate of a wagon. The family car, a new 1969 green Mercury by the garage and his 2 tractors can be seen in the granary and it's lean-to. The farm house was repainted in 1968 and the ladders can be seen by the house. Housewife Mae Rients had a large garden which is beside the driveway, and the garden tiller is in this garden.

The season is fall, noted by the corn field back of the grove and wagons with corn on them in the yard.

Arnold Rients, son of Albert Rients, was on this farm from 1958 till 1987 when he retired and the farm was bought by John Post, thus ending the 40 years of Rients' on this farm.

—Janell Leopold

St. Stephen Lutheran Church was established in 1842 on land given by Paul Rosenberger and Lewis Baker. The present sanctuary completed in 1867, with Sunday School addition in 1970 with fellowship hall completed in 1978. Sanctuary remodeled by reversing chancel and pews to include a new, large narthex with handicap bathroom & sacristy. A drive-up canopy is new entrance to church. Dedication of this project was Nov. 22, 2009. St. Stephen's has been a Lutheran Church its whole time and presently a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

—St. Stephen Lutheran Church

I had always enjoyed the TV show "If Walls Could Talk." It is a show where people find interesting artifacts in their home, or interesting historical details. When I bought my farm 2 years ago, I was disappointed that the attic didn't have any hidden treasures. But I began hearing about a "large sign" that was significant in that it was used for the National Plowing Contest in 1948, and President Truman gave a famous speech while standing in front of it. The speech he gave was considered to be a catalyst for his presidential win in 1948. It turns out that the historical sign was found when a cattle shed was torn down on my farm, before I purchased it. The aerial photo is the only known photo of the cattle shed as far as I know. The historical sign is now in a museum in Dexter, IA. While the walls didn't talk, apparently the roof did.

—Bill Brunia - Dexter, IA

After receiving our photo we were so pleased with the result. It brought back many memories as the house had burned in 1989. It so happened that a week after it came, my mother passed away and my two children who lived out of state we able to view this picture of their other grandparents home. They too, were excited to have this memory brought back to life at such an emotional time for all of us.

—Mary Ferlo Johnson

I was born and raised on this farm, before joining the Army at the age of nineteen. I wanted something of the overall view for memories and to show my grandchildren my family home. This picture was taken in 1987 and the structure is the same, as it was, when I lived there.

—Larry Taylor

This farmstead was traded for another piece of ground by my great grandfather, Gardner Stovall in the late 1960's. This farm was built by Duncan Coal Company of Greenville, KY. It was the pristine beef cattle operation during the 1960's in our area. My great grandfather operated this farm until his death in 1985. The farm is still in the same family, although most of the buildings are gone or almost gone. I wanted this picture to be able to show my son what the old barn place used to look like when his great, great grandad was alive. This will always be a great treasure for my family to keep. Thanks Ralph! You were more than helpful!


I was born on this farm as the next to youngest of 10 children. I have 6 brothers and 3 sisters. At this time I am 64 years old. My dad lived here until he passed away at nearly 86 years. My brother tore down the old house that was just behind the trailer my dad and him lived in for a number of years. He also tore down the old barn that sat just south of the little white pole building. My brother sold the acreage to another person recently. We still own the farm. This picture was taken in 1979, the year my dad passed away. I wish there was an earlier photo where all of the original buildings were still in tact.

—Bernard C. Marnin