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[Maurice Ayers farm],   p. 12 PDF (319.3 KB)

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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.

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