In 1911, Jacob Fast bought 400 acres of Yuma County land near Joes for $1,250. When Jacob died of a heart attack, Elizabeth Fast purchased the estate for $2,000.
Son George bought the land and began to work it in May of 1945. He raised dry land corn, wheat and feed. They had chickens, range cows and then dairy cows. Milk was sold to Sintons as grade A and eggs were taken to the grocery store and traded for food and supplies. Daughter Joyce and son Clifford inherited the land upon the death of George in 2002 and Joyce later bought out Clifford’s share.
Joyce and husband Robert Sawtzky raised wheat before putting the land into CRP where most of the now 300 acres remain today.