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Maricle, Orshek family farms honored at fair

Maricle family with the Heritage Farm Award.
A 150-year farm Heritage Award was presented to Maricle Family Farms on Sunday, July 11, at the Boone County Fair.
A 100-year Pioneer Farm Award was also presented to the Orshek family.
Aksarben partners with Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers on these awards each year, honoring families for 100 or 150 years of consecutive family farm ownership in Nebraska.
Maricle farm was settled in 1871 by Harvey Maricle, his wife Sarah and three sons (Leonard, Claude, and Carson} on what was grassy plains and is now the Boone Corner on Highway 39. Harvey was a carpenter and chose to build a wooden frame home rather than a soddie. This home is currently the oldest standing
wooden frame home in Boone County. The award was accepted by Keith and Mary Ann Maricle and their family
Shelley Towey with the Orshak family award.
Orshek Farm — George Orshek and Fredericka Kloppotek both immigrated to America from Germany, settling in Tolono, Illinois and marrying in Tolono in 1885. In 1893 they moved to Nebraska, where they located on a farm 2.5 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Nine children were born to this union. The farm was purchased in 1911. The award was accepted by a descendant, Shelley Towey, of Cedar Rapids.