Farms and their history grow deep in the roots of their trees in Missouri
Farms and their history grow deep in the roots of their trees
Written By Donna Joerling (Owner and Broker). Created on 07/21/2013.
FARMS AND LAND, a journey to our roots in Missouri and beyond
THE OLD FARWIG FARM outside of Washington and Union, Missouri. Thick with German culture and hardworking individuals, this area of our State is amazing and a great place to work and live. Visited recently the Old Farwig Farm. Here are some photos we took as well as some history from the current owner of record. This information was passed along to her by other parties so there has not been anything to authenticate this information, but we found it extremely interesting.
German Immigrants the Farwig Family came to the area and got the Land in a Land Grant from President Polk in 1845. The original parcel of land was 250 acres. The Family had a total of 12 children the first set of 6 all died in a break out of influenza over a period of 1.5 years in the mid 1800's The original portion of the house ( lower roof area) was built approximately 1846. The second taller portion was built in a remodel 1896. This was built by Edwin the eldest son. The homestead stayed in the family for 127 years. The Bigger Barn was built in 1934. It had Carbide lighting and was quite the engineered structure with special feeding troughs they actually had carbide lights by lantern lights before the electric light bulb was invented.
The beams were all put together with large wooden pegs / dowls. The grain wagon could actually be pulled through the barn, the grain would be put in the troughs and feeding drawers then pushed back into the stalls to feed the animals. The smaller structure that has the horizontal beams spaced 3 to 5 inches apart so they could breath was an old smoke house. The grinding wheels in a couple of the pictures were actually part of the original working farm. The walls in the home were a combination of wood and stone and are several inches thick like a foot or more. The stone holds the heat from the wood burning stove. The holes in the wood beams and stone were made with a hatchet. This was because they wanted to save money and time so rather than lattice board they made these holes so that the plaster would adhere better.
The Hartwig Family was a hard working entrepreneurial family. They did most of the steam threshing in Franklin County. The migrant workers would stay at the old farm house and sleep in the bedrooms and out on the porches off the bedrooms and the main house. The original kitchen in the house was in the cellar. The home had no plumbing until the early 1960's. At that time the kitchen was moved upstairs and two and a 1/2 bathrooms were added. Across the valley the home on the other hill top was a brother. He had a Saw Mill. Between them they also had an apple orchard. They were Quite the businessmen. In addition they must have been very nice people. They sponsored the Heppin family to come from Germany.
The Heppins with the help of the Farwigs purchased the land on one of the other hill tops. When they arrived the Farwigs helped them build their home. When the furniture arrived from Germany some of the pieces were too big to fit through the doorways so the Farwigs actually traded pieces for instance the large wardrobe cabinet that still stands in the home today. What a nice family. The current owner of the home is only the third owner in the homes entire history. What an awesome homestead built on a hilltop not far from town yet so peaceful and so quite. What a story these old barns and walls can tell. Just imagine standing on the hill top watching the deer in the valley below and listening to the breeze as it winds itself through the old barn walls and the large standing oak trees.