4-Generation Farm Added to Centennial Farms in Illinois

LORAINE, Ill. (AP) — Richard Wood’s farm is the same one purchased by his great-grandfather, worked by his grandfather and father, and now recognized as a Centennial Farm by the fourth generation.

Wood owns the farm with his sister, Sallie Flesner of Carterville. The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/2tpQx8O ) it recently joined more than 9,500 Centennial Farms in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture program recognizes farms held by the same family for a century.

Wood says he wanted his forebears recognized. He says they held the land for the next generation through two world wars and the Great Depression. Wood says, “To me, that’s quite an accomplishment.”

Great-grandfather George bought the farm’s first 60 acres in 1905 and added 60 in 1917.

Loraine is 270 miles (435 km) southwest of Chicago.

Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com

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