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Farming history 1885-1924


Posted By: Joan Schacht (email)
Date: 3/19/2022 at 17:04:27

I am trying to understand more about my great grandfather's farm. Fredrick Schmidt bought 60 acres in 1882 (Section 28 of Farmington Township, Van Buren county, when he arrived from Germany and added sections nearby (mostly in Section 28), during his lifetime. At the time of his death he owned between 185 and 220 acres. From the inventory taken for his probate he farmed corn, oats and hay. Typical for the time? I have a list of equipment too. What I hope to find is someone who is familiar with farming in that time frame to give me an educated opinion about the farm. Was this a typical farm for that time? Did he do well or barely manage? Only 1 of his 5 sons continued farming for long after their father died, which makes me ask if this farm was not a thriving enterprise. Or perhaps they were never were interested. Thanks for your time and thoughts.


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