local farms to receive Century awards
Two local farms will be given Century awards by the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
On Friday, Sept. 10 the John and Sue Schumacher Ranch will be designated an Idaho Century Ranch in a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Dr. Earl Bennett of Genesee, a trustee of the Idaho State Historical Society will do the honors.
On Sunday, Sept. 19, the farm of Fred and Randy Arnzen, Ferdinand, will be designated an Idaho Century Farm. The award will be presented at a private ceremony on the farm, also by Dr. Bennett.
The awards recognize agricultural property owned and operated in Idaho by the same family, at least fourty acres of which must have remained in agricultural use for 100 years or more.
The Schumacher Ranch was established by Anton and Frances Schumacher, grandparents of the award recipients, in 1910. They came to what was then known as Green Creek, Idaho, from Lillyville, Illinois. In Idaho they purchased 79 acres from Joseph and Philomena Schmidt, added numerous buildings and raised wheat, barley, peas, hogs, cattle and chickens. Later, they acquired additional property ascross the road on Columbus Creek. Among their assets were sixty acres reserved for a cemetery. In addition to farming, Anton did carpentry work.
Third-generation Idaho Schumacher John and Sue will be awarded a certificate, signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and the directors of the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the Idaho State Historical Society, and a steel sign, suitable for display on their ranch.
The Arnzen Farm was established by Herman Henry and Bernadina Arnzen, grandparents of the award recipients, in 1903. They came to Idaho from Green Creek, Illinois, to acquire better soil and expand their farming activities. They constructed a house and outbuildings on their new Idaho property—Henry was a carpenter as well as a farmer—and raised wheat, barley, peas, hay and cattle.
Third generation Idaho Arnzens Fred and Randy will also be awarded a certificate signed by Governor Otter and the directors of the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the Idaho State Historical Society and will also receive a steel sign suitable for display on the farm.
At present there are over 300 Century Farms and Ranches throughout Idaho. A list of Century Farms can be found online at http://history.idaho.gov/centuryfarm.html.
Other local farms or ranches on the list are the Bill and Virginia Crea farm, the Edward J. and Patricia Forsmann Ranch, the Karen Gehring farm, the John J. Hanley & Associates, Inc. farm, the Boyd A. Martin farm, the Ivan and Dina Nuxoll farm, the Albert and Clarice Rad farm, the George Seubert Family farm, The Herbert A. and Dolores G. Seubert farm, The Uhlorn Family Farm, the Doug and Karen Lustig Farm and the Harold and Eldene Wasem Farm.
Applications for consideration of an Idaho farm or ranch for Century status may be downloaded from the ISHS website or obtained by calling 1-877-old-gems (toll-free) writing to Idaho State Historical Society, 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 837-12-8250 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.