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Becker family homestead earns Century Farm status

The Becker farm located on Leaf Avenue, between Brownton and New Auburn, has received Century Farm status from the Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau. The farm has been in the Becker family since 1903. From left to right are Cory Becker, his father, Curt Becker; and Brian and Wendy Becker. Curt and Brian Becker are brothers. Brian and Wendy Becker and their family are the current generation of Beckers living on the farm.

Cory Becker just wanted to know more about his family. An admitted history buff, he began researching his family heritage.
And the GFW High School senior’s work led to his family’s farm being recognized as a Minnesota Century Farm, a designation co-sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau.
“If it wasn’t for Cory, we never would have had this (Century Farm status),” said Wendy Becker, who lives with her husband, Brian, and three of their four children on the Becker family farm. The farm is located on Leaf Avenue, southeast of Brownton and just north of the Sibley County line.
According to Cory Becker, his grandfather, Halbert Becker, “died young. I never got the chance to know him.”
Cory said he researched his family’s roots in hope of getting to know his grandfather better.
According to Cory Becker’s research, the original 160-acre farm was bought from the U.S. government by Diedrich and Emilie Freymouth in 1861. They sold the  farm to August Becker in 1903, who in turn sold it to his son, Fred Becker, in 1915. Fred Becker owned and operated the farm until 1961, when he sold it to his son, Halbert, the father of Brian and Curt Becker.
Brian Becker has remained on the farm; Curt Becker has stayed close to his farm roots with employment at the ethanol plant in Winthrop.
Brian and Curt Becker said their parents and grandparents’ farm ran the full gamut — raising everything from crops to cows, beef, pigs and chickens.
And that provided plenty of work for Brian and Curt.
“Dad used to say, ‘your sports are out there,’” Brian Becker said, pointing to the old barn.
Curt laughingly agreed, saying that their father would say that if the boys wanted to play football “you can tackle the cows and pigs.”
But both said they loved life on the farm, even if it curtailed activities outside of FFA and 4-H.
“It’s a very good life; I’ve always enjoyed it out here,” said Brian Becker.

For more, see the Sept. 17 print edition of The Chronicle.