Helmrichs receive century farm status
After three generations of farming, Larry and Renee Helmrichs have officially become members of the century farms club. Farms that have qualified for this honor have had continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and farm at least 50 acres or more.
In 1916, Mary Horn and Richlef Helmrichs were married in Ryan, Iowa, 40 miles west of Waterloo. Shortly after being married they purchased a farm and moved from Iowa to rural Deer Creek.
The couple was followed to Minnesota by Richlef’s parents and his five siblings, but one brother remained in Iowa. Four of Mary’s siblings also moved from Iowa to the Deer Creek area. Soon Mary and Richlef were surrounded by their families.
Mary and Richlef had one son, Edwin who helped on the family farm. With his help the family raised small grain, hay, potatoes and peas plus of course a garden. In 1942 Edwin married Stella Wendorf. They decided to stay on the farm with their three children, Ronald, Larry and Nancy and raised small grain, hay and they dairied. read entire story. . . .