Local Family Still Farming Homestead Land Over 100 Years Later


For many Nebraskans farming is not just an occupation but a way of life, and for one Loup City family it's been that way for over a century.

The Detlef Petersen homestead has been home to the same blood line for over 130 years.

Thanks to the Homestead Act in the late 1800's many immigrated to the area in hope of better opportunities.

Marg Harrington's grandfather was one of them, and the property has stayed in her family since that time.

"I think it was about 1921 my grandfather went to California and left my uncle and father in charge of the half section. And then you know as times progressed and farms have gotten larger, we have acquired the rest of the section," said Marg.

She and her husband Bob came back to the farm shortly after they were married, taking over the farm and keeping it in the family.

Bob and his sons grew the farm into what it is today; raising cattle corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

His son, Dick, and grandson, Kale, now run the farm and at times have help from other family members nearby, making it a real family operation.