Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:49 pm
Long story short my great grandfather died in 1973 without a will. My grandfather and my father were the only ones who ever lived on the farm and had a deed to a small portion that their homes and garages sat on directly in the middle. I grew up on the farm and we always used the farm like it was our own just didn't have rights to clear it or do certain things with it. 3 years ago this month one of the long lost heirs of the estate sued to have the estate settled. It gave the lawyers a blank check to settle it. After 3 years of chasing down nearly 50 un-known heirs as far away as Australia, and California, Today the farm finally sold on the courthouse steps to the highest bidder and we were blessed enough to win it.
I can't express in words how this had been hanging over my fathers head his whole life, and how it has limited us to doing things the right way. In a time when so many family farms are split up and divided off into small tracts, my father was able to save this farm that has been in our family since before 1918. After weeks of worrying ourselves sick and not sleeping, tonight I can't close my eyes in excitement for thinking about the future. The chance to clean the farm back up with my father and return it to it's former glory unlike ever seen. I'm sitting here choked up thinking about walking over the property boundaries earlier this week and seeing tree's wider than a cub with barb wire grown through the center of them where Webb's long before me fenced off this land. Or thinking about my great grandfather riding around on "Cindy" his Farmall B which my father restored almost 10 years ago and started us into this great tractor hobby. I just can't explain how it makes me feel, I hope you guys will understand. I'm 28 years old and expecting my first son next month. I truly feel blessed beyond words to know I have this opportunity and that my son will also.
Last edited by Brandon Webb on Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:26 am
It's great when a family can save AND carry on their history
Now, enjoy it for what it is, a family farm
Just do your best to keep the tax man and developers at bay
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:43 am
Congrats! Our century farm was sold to the state of iowa to become a state park. all but the 10 acres around the 2 houses. My kids, just dont understand, "yep, thast USED to be ours."
Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:40 am
Congratulations Brandon. Glad to hear you have it settled and the property is still in the family.
A lesson that can be taken from this is how important it is to have a will. A friend of my wife was widowed with a young child and no will. Scum came out of the woodwork and claimed that her late husband "promised" to give them property, money, etc. and the estate was tied up for years.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:06 am
Congratulations, Brandon and family.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:13 am
that is awesome!!
Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:19 am
Wonderful. Enjoy the farm.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:24 am
Persistance paid off. Your ancestors would be proud.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:09 am
Congratulations Brandon, I know that has to be a big relief. If it hasn't been done already, I suggest getting it surveyed and the boundary lines marked, not just the corners. It is amazing how far off many lines are form people going by memory.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:25 am
God bless your family.
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:52 am
Congrats Brandon!! In just a few years it will be a "Centennial Farm"!!! The property just south of me, in Indiana, is a Centennial Farm and in Indiana that offers some protections that other properties don't. The City of South Bend wanted a portion of land for a commercial development and the land owner didn't want to sell. He was told that if he wouldn't sell they would exercise eminent domain and take the land. Some how a group of Notre Dame law students got involved and found out that eminent domain couldn't be exercised on a Centennial Farm in Indiana and the land owner was able to keep his land!!
Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:43 am
congrats brandon on the purchase! there is nothing like the love of the land
Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:32 am
Happy for ya!!! Grump
Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:58 am
Congratulations to your father and your family!
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:42 pm
Congrats, Brandon! That is awesome.
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