ST. HENRY - Imagine living on the same land for more than 175 years. Imagine that possibility in the northern part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and one may be thinking about two families recently honored during the Rural-Urban Mass at a farm in St. Henry.
The Enneking Family established its farm in Auglaize County in 1835, while the Moorman Family began its farm in Mercer County two years later in 1837.
Urban and Mary Louise (Enneking) Seger on Minster-Fort Recovery Road and Tom and Marie Moorman on Lange Road in St. Henry both continue a family tradition.
They were two of the 24 families who received Catholic Century Farm Awards presented by Bishop Joseph Binzer at this year’s Rural-Urban Mass. The award recognizes Catholic families who have continuously farmed the same land for 100 years or more. The families applied for admission to the Catholic Century Farm Registry for the Sidney and St. Marys Deaneries earlier this year.
This year’s Mass was hosted by St. Henry Parish, which is celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding. Jim and Jan Broering’s farm was the location of the Mass.
To give some historical perspective, the Enneking and the Moorman families were farming before St. Henry Parish formed in 1839 by permission of Bishop John P. Purcell.
The list below shows the families and farms joining the Catholic Century Farm Registry for St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries. The first city reference is where the farm is located followed by the family’s parish, its location, and the date the farm was established.
The Greve Farm, Craig and Marilyn (Greve) Shaw, Botkins, St. Joseph, Wapakoneta 1913
The Huwer Family Farm, Harold and Thelma Huwer, St. Henry, St. Francis, Cranberry Prairie 1913
The Dan and Nancy Kremer Farm, Dan and Nancy Kremer, Yorkshire, St. Louis, North Star 1912
The Grieshop Farm, Vernon and Patricia Grieshop, Yorkshire, St. Nicholas, Osgood 1911
The Anthony and Linda Broering Farm, Anthony and Linda Broering, Maria Stein, St. Rose Parish, St. Rose 1907
The Schmiesing Farm, Schmiesing Family, St. Henry, St. Joseph, Egypt 1907
The Brunswick Farm, Steven and Dorothy (Brunswick) Knapke, Ft. Recovery, St. Paul, Sharpsburg 1898
The Meyer Farm, Carl J. and Linda Meyer, Versailles, St. Denis, Versailles 1896
The Sommer Farm, Matthew B. and Stephanie Sommer, Minster, St. Joseph, Minster 1895
The Don and Doris Schmitmeyer Farm, Don and Doris Schmitmeyer, Anna, Sacred Heart of Jesus, McCartyville 1892
The Gelhaus Farms, Bill and Darlene Gelhaus, St. Henry, St. Henry Parish, St. Henry 1886
The Karla and Roger Huwer Family Farm, Roger and Karla Huwer, St. Henry, St. Francis, Cranberry Prairie 1881
The Evers Family Farm, Rick and Brenda Evers, Maria Stein, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Cassella 1881
The Barhorst Farm, George and Helen Barhorst, Minster, St. Michael, Ft. Loramie 1880
The Lange Farm, Nick and Sheryl Lange, St. Henry, St. Henry Parish, St. Henry 1872
The Paul and Ellen Zircher Farm, Paul and Ellen Zircher, Ft. Loramie, St. Augustine, Minster 1868
The Puthoff Family Farm, Donald and Phyllis Puthoff, Minster, St. Michael, Ft. Loramie 1857
The Brad and Brenda Schwieterman Farm, Brad and Brenda Schwieterman, Celina, St. Sebastian, Celina 1854
The Unrast Farm, Jim and Kathy Unrast, St. Henry, St. Henry Parish, St. Henry 1851
The Lloyd and Sylvia Kramer Farm, Lloyd and Sylvia Kramer, Maria Stein, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cassella 1850
The Chester E. McKinney Farm, Chester and Mary McKinney, Russia, St. Remy, Russia 1847
The Uhlenhake Family Farm, Jerome and Janice Uhlenhake, St. Henry, St. Henry Parish, St. Henry 1846
The Tom Moorman Farm, Tom and Marie Moorman, St. Henry, St. Henry Parish, St. Henry 1837
The Enneking Farm, Urban and Mary Louise (Enneking) Seger, Minster, St. Augustine, Minster 1835
Here are the counties in which they are located:
Urban and Mary Louise (Enneking) Seger, Enneking Farm
Matthew B. and Stephanie Sommer
Dan and Nancy Kremer farm
Carl J. and Linda Meyer farm
Vernon and Patricia Grieshop farm
Anthony and Linda Broering farm
Rick and Brenda Evers farm
Bill and Darlene Gelhaus farm
Harold and Thelma Huwer farm
Roger and Karla Huwer farm
Steven and Dorothy (Brunswick) Knapke, Brunswick farm
Lloyd and Sylvia Kramer farm
Nick and Sheryl Lange farm
Tom and Marie Moorman farm
Schmiesing Family farm
Brad and Brenda Schwieterman farm
Jerome and Janice Uhlenhake farm
Jim and Kathy Unrast farm
George and Helen Barhorst Family farm
Chester and Mary McKinney farm
Donald and Phyllis Puthoff farm
Don and Doris Schmitmeyer farm
Craig and Marilyn (Greve) Shaw, Greve farm
Paul and Ellen Zircher farm