Record number of farming families honored at Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 12, 2016) — The Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney presented 92 families – a record number – with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

“Agriculture has been our state’s calling card for the past 200 years, and we owe that to the tremendous contributions made by Indiana’s farming families. Their hard work, innovation and collaboration move our state forward each and every day,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb, who also serves as Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (for 100 years of ownership), Sesquicentennial (for 150 years of ownership) and Bicentennial (for 200 years of ownership). Notably, the Bicentennial Award was presented to four families during Friday’s ceremony.

“Farming families are at the heart of Indiana’s story, and the values they have passed down, from generation to generation, are just as strong today as they were 200 years ago,” Director McKinney said. “It was an honor being able to recognize their legacy, which was built around one of Indiana’s longest and most notable industries.”

The families honored today join more than 5,000 Hoosier Homestead farms. Administered by ISDA and currently in its 40th year, semiannual recognition ceremonies are held in March at the Indiana Statehouse and in August at the Indiana State Fair.

Below is a list of today’s Hoosier Homestead Award recipients:

Farm County Award Name Homestead Date Type of Award
Adams Nussbaum/Hindenlang 1865 Sesquicentennial
Allen Hockemeyer 1862 Sesquicentennial
Allen Bearman/Bradtmueller 1882 Centennial
Benton Sondgeroth 1888 Centennial
Blackford Langdon 1865 Sesquicentennial
Boone Henry-Jaques 1866 Sesquicentennial
Carroll Fellows 1915 Centennial
Clay Sue Campbell Lightfoot 1853 Sesquicentennial
Clinton Snyder 1916 Centennial
Dearborn Landrum 1916 Centennial
Dearborn Paul & Marilyn Jeffries 1840 Sesquicentennial
Dekalb Conrad Family Farm Preservation LLC 1866 Sesquicentennial
Dubois Wirtzberger 1883 Centennial
Dubois Reutman 1841 Sesquicentennial
Dubois Mehne-Harris 1891 Centennial
Dubois Johann Frederick Steinkamp Sr. 1841 Sesquicentennial
Elkhart Morehouse 1866 Sesquicentennial
Fayette Creighton Porter 1811 Bicentennial
Fayette Keith E. & Lois J. Hubbell 1841 Sesquicentennial
Fountain Sims 1916 Centennial
Fountain Kirkpatrick 1848 Sesquicentennial
Franklin Copes 1907 Centennial
Franklin Amberger 1893 Centennial
Franklin Hertel 1910 Centennial
Franklin Stenger Farm 1916 Centennial
Franklin Meyer 1867 Centennial
Franklin Leising 1865 Sesquicentennial
Franklin Jeff & Jill Koch 1865 Sesquicentennial
Gibson Bertram 1865 Sesquicentennial
Gibson Cunningham/Russell 1851 Sesquicentennial
Gibson Hopkins 1865 Sesquicentennial
Grant Stevens-Apple 1901 Centennial
Greene Cline-Haywood 1864 Sesquicentennial
Hamilton Jerry L. Brown 1845 Sesquicentennial
Hamilton Johnson 1898 Centennial
Hancock Raesner-Wood Family 1916 Centennial
Harrison Byrne 1808 Bicentennial
Harrison John H. Rothrock Family 1888 Centennial
Henry Ballenger 1912 Centennial
Howard Hannah 1910 Centennial
Jackson Klosterman 1853 Sesquicentennial
Jackson The Miller-Kasting-Trimpe-Keller Family 1903 Centennial
Jackson Hackman Farm 1911 Centennial
Jackson Duwe/Hackman Farm 1900 Centennial
Jay Schemenaur 1882 Centennial
Jay May-Harris 1865 Sesquicentennial
Jay May 1891 Centennial
Jay Cabel Kimble – Great Great Grandfather of Marilyn Brumm Acheson 1846 Sesquicentennial
Jay Harley E. Brumm – Grandfather of Marilyn Brumm Acheson 1911 Centennial
Jay Bowman/Settle/Drinkut 1903 Centennial
Jay Beeler 1909 Centennial
Jennings Kipper 1866 Sesquicentennial
Jennings Hammond-Dillman 1906 Centennial
Kosciusko Teeple 1851 Sesquicentennial
Kosciusko Shoemaker 1865 Sesquicentennial
LaGrange Fought 1852 Sesquicentennial
LaPorte Hews 1864 Sesquicentennial
LaPorte Bernard & Barbara Hannon 1914 Centennial
Madison Tucker-Noland-Spangler 1883 Centennial
Madison Tucker-Noland-Spangler 1899 Centennial
Marshall Charles O. McCollough 1908 Centennial
Martin Arvin-Mauder Farm 1844 Sesquicentennial
Martin Mauder Family Farm 1914 Centennial
Miami Weishaar 1914 Centennial
Montgomery William W.  McClamroch 1853 Sesquicentennial
Morgan George Goss 1870 Centennial
Orange Livingston 1908 Centennial
Orange Baker 1916 Centennial
Owen Stevens 1828 Sesquicentennial
Parke Leatherman 1849 Sesquicentennial
Pike Corn & Hollenberg 1893 Centennial
Posey Saltzman 1816 Bicentennial
Posey Mathew 1816 Bicentennial
Putnam Vaughn Family dba Fair Land Stock Farm 1856 Sesquicentennial
Randolph Monte J. Burrows 1860 Sesquicentennial
Ripley Smith 1900 Centennial
Ripley Chandler/Renfro 1821 Sesquicentennial
Ripley Bruns 1866 Sesquicentennial
Ripley Bauman 1892 Centennial
Ripley Obendorf 1855 Sesquicentennial
Rush Meek 1916 Centennial
St. Joseph Thomas J. Bellinger 1864 Sesquicentennial
Steuben Phillips 1914 Centennial
Tippecanoe Whitteberry, McDole, Dilley-Gilbert, Diem-Tishler 1829 Sesquicentennial
Tipton Sottong 1913 Centennial
Tipton John Beck Homestead – Kenneth and Patricia Schulenburg 1836 Sesquicentennial
Tipton Conway 1913 Centennial
Wells Taylor Family Farm 1840 Sesquicentennial
Wells Sturgeon 1865 Sesquicentennial
White Ruemler 1861 Sesquicentennial
Whitley Jacob Wilhelm 1888 Centennial
Whitley Zumbrun 1916 Centennial
Whitley Sheets 1858 Sesquicentennial
Whitley Johnson Riverbend Farms 1896 Centennial

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