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[Blue Ridge Farm, Inc.],   p. 99 PDF (399.7 KB)

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Milking 180 Holsteins and operating 550
acres planted to corn, soybeans, wheat
and alfalfa is the life work of Darrell and
Kathy Baumeister, owners of Blue Ridge
Farm, Inc. in the town of Lyons, Walworth
County. Kathy, a UW-LaCrosse graduate
majoring in physical education and biolo-
gy, taught at Kansasville grade school and
St. Mary's Burlington. Darrell, certified in
welding from Gateway, still does welding
repair, as well as custom combining and
harvesting. Together they started farming
in 1973.
Their oldest son, Kevin, 25, works full-time on
the farm, Brian, 15, and Darren, 13, help out
after school and on weekends. Francy, 22,
helps with milking chores on weekends.
Stacy, 26 and Vicki, 24. live off the farm, but
frequently return home to be of assistance.
Historically, the David/Warren/Baumeister
farm transfer dates back to 1864. Note that
Elizabeth David (Kathy's grandmother,
could not claim her farm inheritance until
she was 30.)
Darrell & Kathy Baumeister, Owners
July 15, 1864 - Joseph David purchased 120
acres on the north side of Warren Rd. and
20 acres on the south side of Warren Rd.
from Wm. Rittman.
Jan. 3, 1882 - Joseph David sold to his son
Henry David the same parcels.
July 3, 1885 - Henry David transferred the
farm to Joseph Vos, then to Caroline Vos
David (Elizabeth Warren's mother).
Nov. 1902 - Caroline David willed her
estate to Elizabeth David when Elizabeth
reached age 30.
Aug. 1, 1916 - Elizabeth reaches age 30
and becomes owner of the farm. James
and Elizabeth build the first barn.
1950 - Built center section of the barn.
Jan., 1958 - James and Elizabeth Warren
sell the farm to Julian and Catherine
1959 - Julian and Catherine built a brick
1960-1970 - Put an addition on the barn,
built silos and heifer sheds.
1977 - Built the Slurrystore.
1980 - Julian and Catherine Warren hosted
the Walworth Co. Dairy Breakfast.
1989 - Rented the farm to Darrell and
Kathleen Warren Baumeister with the
option to buy.
1991 - Julian and Catherine Warren sold
the   farm  to   Darrel and  Kathleen
1994 - Heated workshop was built for repair
and welding work.
1996- Freestall barn housing 160 cows was
built and the dairy barn was remodeled to
a milking parlor and holding area.
1998 - The Baumeisters construct a new,
brick house.

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