Originally from the Plateau Valley in Iowa, Jess Hittle bought 289 acres of land near Collbran in 1914.
Jess and his wife Alice formed a cow and calf operation, raising hay and grain as well. Their son, Ray and his wife Helen bought the ranch on December 26, 1951, and their son Less and wife Loi bought the ranch on December 24, 1980.
Several buildings from 1923 are still in place and in use, including the log farm house, chicken coop, gas house, milk barn and horse barn. Today the 289 acres on Buzzard Creek Road are still run by Les and Loi where today hay is the major crop.