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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

It is neat to look back and see the old buildings and trees. Many of the old fence rows are still the same today.

—Candi Scheuermann

I had a chance to buy a photo shorly after we bought our farm in the early 90's but didn't do it at that time. I had regreted not buying it for years but when I seen your company I knew I could have another chance to do so. I now have that picture and one a couple of years ago and plan on getting another in a couple more years after we finish a couple of building projects that we have plans for. Thanks for your help.

—Randy Pierret

Our farm has been in the family for over 100 years. The house in this picture was built by my great-grandparents, is where I grew up, and where I live to this day. Many of the outbuildings are gone now, including the barn. Having this picture warms heart and brings a smile to my face every time I pass by it. It reminds me there were times when things didn't move so fast and family always came first, "The Good Ole' Days".

—Tina Detloff