For over 25 years, History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture have recognized the important role that agriculture has played in our state’s history and economic development through the Centennial Farms program at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
Above: Kochis Farm homestead, 2009. Photo courtesy of the Kochis Farm.
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In 1917, William Blackmore homesteaded north of Otis, Colorado. He and wife Bertha built a small farmhouse in which, to this day, the kitchen is the original part of the house. He raised wheat, cattle, hogs and sheep, and also trained horses.
In 1909 Swedish immigrants Edward and Hannah Bolin homesteaded 477 acres near Briggsdale in Weld County. Here they raised four children -- Edward, Reul, Edgar, and Joyce -- who went on to collectively raise seven more.
Theodore Carpenter purchased the home place, consisting of 320 acres, in 1917. Over the years, the Carpenter-Newbanks family has contributed a variety of crops and livestock to the Colorado economy, including horses raised and trained by Clifford Carpenter. The family continues to be contributors to the farming community in Colorado with fine crops and talented agricultural leaders.
Charles T. Neally and Lizzie Agnue Paul homesteaded in the Beaver Valley Community northeast of Burlington, Colorado and acquired their property under the Homestead Act of 1862. They built their home out of rocks and sod, but only the foundations remain today.
William Soloman Freeman bought a 320-acre homestead in 1909. Originally, he raised feed and cattle. He custom plowed the ranch with a steam engine. The bunkhouse was pulled on skids for the steam engine driver and family to live in.
Enzelow Chick was born on March 5th, 1850, near Dayton, Ohio. He married Delia McDaniels on New Year’s Day, 1870. By 1915, the family had nine children, and after several moves around the Midwest the Chick family settled in Campo, Colorado.