Historic places and people in the land of milk and honey: Wisconsin's treasure: a tribute to our past, a celebration of the present and our commitment to continue the good life
[Maurice Ayers farm], p. 12 PDF (319.3 KB)
Maurice Ayers built this house on his farm three quarters of a mile south of Honey Creek in the 1880's. Mr. Ayers along with another Honey Creek citizen, Luther Anderson, together with a group of men from Racine headed by J.I. Case, founded the Bank of Burlington in 1872. The Bank of Burlington is now known as the M&l Bank of Burlington. Mr. Ayers was also a State Assemblyman for a time. Maurice Ayers died in 1884, leaving the farm to his son, Beecher. Beecher raised Brown Swiss cat- tle, taking many blue ribbons at county and state fairs throughout the Midwest going by train as far away as Syracuse, New York until the 1920's. Because of an outbreak of Hoof and Mouth disease the entire heard was quarantined in Chicago for many weeks, Hauling feed and hay to them was a tremendous expense that put the Ayers Farm in dire financial straits. Dr. J.F. Bennett bought and operated the farm through the thirties and forties. The farm had many renters and various owners from 1950 on. Leo and Slava Naroditsky purchased the farm three years age. Dr. Naroditsky is a dentist from Northbrook, Illinois. They have restored the house and are presently work- ing on the grounds. He and his wife enjoy this country setting sometimes during the week and always on weekends. 12
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