Century farm keeps family traditions alive

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Ginny Hall | August 9, 2013

The Gordon and Alyce Smith farm is located north of Elkhorn at N7922 U.S. Highway 12. The barn features the Cedar Bend Star quilt.

The property has been in the family for more than 100 years. It is known as Cedar Bend Farm because it is on a curve of the highway, where there were many cedar trees. Today, only a few of the cedar trees remain.

Alyce's grandfather, Albert Robinson, bought the farm in 1906. The barn, however, was built prior to 1906 and was originally used for dairying. It is now a lambing barn and used for hay and other storage. The wood barn was constructed with hand-hewn timbers. It has a hip roof design.

When Albert Robinson quit the dairy farm, his sons took over the operation. Earl and Alfred made several additions to the barn. Earl's daughter, Alyce,  her husband, Gordon, and their family have lived here for the last 29 years. In 2006, the farm was recognized as a century farm.

During the growing season, the family produces and sells  fresh produce at their roadside stand, Cedar Bend Produce.

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