Jenkins farm has been in same family for 150 years

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You can see the “Old Glory Star” barn quilt on the Jenkins barn if you travel on Wisconsin Highway 11 east of Elkhorn. It is about midway between Plank and Bowers roads on the north side of the road.

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The 1857 plat map through to the 1891 plat book shows the owner of this property as C.H. Wylie, who came to Walworth County in 1842, and settle on 160 acres in the town of Lafayette.

Calvin H. Wylie served on the town's board of supervisors as an associate supervisor in 1849, 1857 and 1858. He served as the chairman in 1871, 1872 and 1878. He also served as town assessor and was a member of the Congregational church.

The 1907 plat book indicates that the owner was Mrs. M.B, Ranney, C.H. Wylie's daughter, Adelaide, married Milo Bingham Ranney on April 4, 1877. Milton was a promoter of the Grove Creamery CO. and served as its manger.

Milo was born in Vermont; Adelaide was born on this farm.

Milo was educated in public schools and at the seminary of Lake Geneva and the Rochester Academy. He had one of the finest farms in the township, eventually having 400 acres. He was town clerk for 14 years and was on the board of the town, county and school.

Their son, Perry Calvin, later took over the farm. P.C. Ranney was born on March 2, 1881. He graduated from Elkhorn High School and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degrees in 1905.

The 1930 plat book shows the owners as Mrs. P.C. Ranney. IN 1966 the owner is shown as Margaret R. Jenkins. In 1020 the owner is listed as Kerry and David Jenkins.

If you drive past this farm you will see a sign indicating that it is a sesquicentennial farm. It has been in the same family for more than 150 years. You also will see the “Old Glory Star” quilt on the east end of the barn facing the road.

Ginny Hall, a  historian from Delavan, is author of the "Walking around..." and "Meandering..." books, which highlight the history of Walworth County communities.

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