My great grandparents Peter & Mary Roth purchased the second farm about 1914 when their eldest son Sidney decided he wasn't going to high school. Sidney stayed on the first farm for many years. Peter, Mary and their children worked the second farm. Peter died in 1918, so Arthur my grandfather worked the farm with his mother.
Arthur married Malinda in 1933 and they had 2 girls. Arthur purchased the farm from his mother in 1935. My mom, Beatrice was one of the girls and married my father Levi Kuepfer in 1956. They lived at various locations while growing a family of 3, 2 girls and 1 boy. In 1962, Arthur had several heart attacks and could no longer work the farm. My Mom & Dad then moved to what we call the home farm. We all lived in the same house. Grandma, grandpa, Mom, Dad and the 3 children. It was great to be able see our grand parents every day.
In 1968, Grandma & grandpa moved off the farm into a new house in New Hamburg. Unfortunately, grandpa was not able to enjoy living in town for long, as he passed away a month after moving in.
Needless to say, my mother and father took possession of the farm. It has continued on in the family to my brother and now to his son, Greg. It has been in the family for over 100 years.
The main reason for our get together, is that Greg and his wife have built a new dairy barn and the family wanted to see how the operation all worked. The get together was with the Kuepfer family and my Aunt's family, (mom's sister). There have been many family get celebrations over the years on the farm, including my 50th Birthday party and George & I retirement party in 2006.
This is a picture of the farm in 1962.
Front of the house in 1991, when Mom & Dad moved into New Hamburg.
In 1982 Dad & my brother added a dairy barn to milk 50 cows.
From the above picture, Greg had the original barn board barn taken down and started the extension in 2020. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the new barn but imagine an addition about a foot ball field long replacing the old barn. Greg now has more room to increase his herd.
For this occasion, Greg also planted 2 trees. One for my grandparents and the other for my parents. The following is the plaque that is at the trees.
It was great to see everyone who could attend. This farm will always have a special place in my heart.