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Published September 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

Arend family reaches century of crop farming

Rural Ocheyedan farm, purchased in 1882, is now tended to by the sixth generation
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa — Purchased in 1882 for just $6 an hour by Henry Pinkenburg, the Arend Century Farm has grown from 160 acres to 240 in its 127 years.

By: Kari Lucin, Worthington Daily Globe

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa — Purchased in 1882 for just $6 an hour by Henry Pinkenburg, the Arend Century Farm has grown from 160 acres to 240 in its 127 years.

“It’s been passed down through the generations. We still have it,” said Clayton Arend, who owns the farm along with brother Wade Arend and sister Diva White, as well as Kathryn Kooima and Kyle Arend. “It’s kind of a family trust deal.”

Although no buildings remain on the site, Clayton’s grandson Matt Kooima farms the 240 acres of corn and soybeans. Only a grove remains to mark the spot where Pinkenburg’s descendents once resided.

“It went from him to his daughter — my grandmother — to my father, to us, and now my children have a share of it,” Clayton said.

The Arend family has every intention of keeping the farm and continue passing it down throughout the generations.

In fact, they still have the deed, written in the elegant, precise writing of the era:

“Know all Men by These Presents: That James L. Barclay & Ava Barclay his wife of Osceola County, State of Iowa, in consideration of the sum of One Thousand Five Hundred Twenty dollars, in hand paid by Henry Pinkenburg of Lake County, State of Indiana do hereby Sell and Convey unto the said Henry Pinkenburg and to his heirs and assigns, the following described premises, situated in the County of Osceola and State of Iowa…

“And we do hereby covenant with the said Henry Pinkenburg that we are lawfully seized of said premises; that they are free from encumbrance: that we have good, right and lawful authority to sell and convey the same, and we do hereby covenant to Warrant and Defend the said premises against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever; and the wife of the grantor aforesaid hereby relinquishes all contingent rights, including the dower, which she has in and to the said described premises.

“Signed the 17th day of July A.D. 1882.”

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