Members of the Mekelburg Farm receive their Centennial Farm award from Ed Nichols, John Salazar and John Hickenlooper.

Centennial Farms & Ranches

Mekelburg Farms, LLC

Yuma County

Herman Brand arrived in the U.S. from Germany on April 1, 1880, at the age of 18.  After several years of working in Ohio and Denver, he came to Yuma County in 1887.  In April 1891, he married Rose Katrola, and three years later he purchased the original acres of the now Mekelburg farm.

The Mekelburg family at the Colorado State Fair.

The Mekelburg family.

History Colorado.

Rose and Herman had five children: John, Henry, Kate, Mary and Wenzel, who was born in 1911 and lived on the farm all of his life, raising cattle, pigs, sheep, corn, wheat and various other crops.  Wenzel never married or had children but was close to his nieces and nephew, Doris, Shirley and Don Rutledge, who lived across the road.  Upon Wenzel’s death, the homestead and grassland was passed to great nephew Michael Mekelburg, who had worked closely with Wenzel on the farm during the last years of his life.  Michael carried on the family farming traditions until his death in 2007, after which the farm was purchased by Mekelburg Farms, LLC, which is owned by Leon and Doris Mekelburg’s family, comprising Randy, David and Tom Mekelburg, Deb Higgins, and Michael's children Ashley, Cody and Alex.  In September 2009, great-great-granddaughter of Herman Brand, Cassidee Gleghorn and her husband Jed purchased the homestead acreage from Mekelburg Farms, LLC, and have a home there where they raise cattle and horses.  The big red barn that was once used as a dairy barn is now used for horses, and the granary and chicken house are still in use as well.