Published On: Wed, Jul 20th, 2011

Schroeder family picks up Pioneer award

Tim and Ron Schroeder accepted the AkSarBen Pioneer Farm Family award during a ceremony last week at the Cedar County Fair.

HARTINGTON — A parcel of land approximately five miles southeast of Wynot has been in the Schroeder family for over 100 years.
Tim and Brenda Schroeder and their daughters, Mikayla, McKenzie and Madison, Yankton, S.D., along with Tim’s father Ron Schroeder, Crofton, accepted the Nebraska Pioneer Award at the Cedar County Fair.
To qualify for the award, which is sponsored by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the NE Farm Bureau, members of the same family have owned a parcel of land consecutively for at least 100 years.

The Schroeder family received an engraved plaque and gatepost marker as permanent recognition of this milestone.
“I am hoping the farm will stay in the family many more years,” Tim said.
Tim and his father have both been involved in the farm operation.
The 277-acre parcel of ground is a mixture of crop, which is now in CRP, pasture and hay.
“There has always been livestock on the land until just the last few years,” Ron said.
Land in Sec 6, T31N, R3E first went into the Schroeder name when two tracts of land were purchased by Joseph Schroeder.
The NE1/4NE1/4, S1/2NE1/4 and the E1/2SE1/4 of Sec. 6 were purchased in 1901from Louis and Henrietta Dietsche for $1800: the W1/2SE1/4 of Sec. 6 was purchased from Jacob Pinkelman in 1908 for $2,800. Joseph would also acquire other farm ground in the area.
Joseph was single when he made the purchase but he later married.
When Joseph died Jan 24, 1922, the land went to his widow, Elizabeth.
According to Ron, his grandmother Elizabeth had a large barn with a loft constructed on the farmstead after Joseph died.
“They farmed with horses back then. She had four boys and a lot of land to farm,” Ron said. “The barn was needed for the horses.”
Clarence Schroeder came in possession of the land from Elizabeth in 1943. When Clarence died in 1984, the land went to his widow, Mary, who transferred the land to Ron Schroeder in 1990. The land was passed to Ron’s son, Tim Schroeder, in 2006.

Don Schroeder, Wynot, is a grandson of Joseph Schroeder who was the first Schroeder to own the land.
Don was the first grandson to farm the land and live on the farmstead according to his cousin, Ron.
“Many people in Cedar County would remember the barn dances that were held in the hayloft of the barn when Don lived there. A regular house floor was put in the hayloft when the barn was built,” Ron said. “The barn is still there.”
Don farmed the land from the time he was a senior in high school until he left for the service in 1953.
According to Don, the music for the barn dances was provided by local people who played the accordion and a violin.
“We had some old time barn dances – it was a lot of fun,” Don said. “The barn is still there today – it has been kept up. The whole barn was made out of two inch flooring.”
The house and the barn on the farmstead that has been in the Schroeder name for over 100 years both hold a lot of memories for the Schroeder family. The house is no longer livable but the barn is still in good shape.

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