Property owners can be traced back to mid-1800s

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Ginny Hall | May 30, 2014

The barn on the Rieck farm at W3480 County Highway ES sports a barn quilt titled “Sunbonnet Sue.” It is in Section 10 of the town of LaFayette.

The property was originally owned by Joseph H. Bishop. His wife was Clarissa R. Balsley. It was on their farm that the church and cemetery was laid out in 1848.  At that time the church usually was supplied with a minister from the Congregational Church in East Troy. In those early days this area was known as Bishop's Corner.

The 1857 plat map and the 1873 plat book both show the owner of the property as J.H. Bishop. The 1891 book indicates the owner is E.R. Balszy. George Peck is listed as the owner in 1907.

Both the 1921 and 1930 plat books show the owner of this land as Herman Rieck. His farm was named Spring Dale Stock Farm.

According to the Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders of Walworth County, Wisconsin, Herman married Augusta Ludtke. They had three children: Friedel L., Festa G. and Mildred M.

I was happy to find this information,  because when I came to the county in 1962, I remember hearing about the 4-H leader Friedel Rieck.

In 1898, Henry Rieck was an associate supervisor for the town of LaFayette. I'm not sure if this was Herman's father, but the above source indicated that he came to the county in 1875.

In 1937, the plat book shows the farm was owned by Herman Rieck, EST. This continued through 1948. Then in 1961 through 1964, the farm was listed as owned by Augusta Rieck, et al.

In 1966 the property was owned by Bernard and June Rieck. That continued through the 2008 book. Although in 1988 it was shown as Bernard D. and June W. Rieck. 

In 2010 the ownership is listed as Daniel J. and Patricia A. Rieck Trust.  The 2012 plat book indicates the owner is Rieck Family Properties LLC.
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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