Born in Austria in 1875, Anton Brekel moved to America with his family when he was just a year old.
His family arrived in New York City with the intention of walking to Minnesota to meet relatives. When the Brekels realized how far the walk would be, they took a train to Lake Heron. Upon arriving in Minnesota to limited homestead land, the family packed up again and moved to Texas, where Anton met his future wife, Stefanie Teply. Anton and two of his brothers moved to the area around Fleming, Colorado, to start their own farms in July of 1914.
Anton Brekel purchased the original 160-acre plot in 1913. In 1917, Brekel purchased another 160 acres located across the road. Brekel’s great granddaughters, Dona Scott Willmeth and Julie Kay Scott McGrath, currently own the farmstead. Until recently the farm produced wheat, but as a result of drought, the farm has been converted to the Conservation Reserve Program.