The North Bend Eagle


Snover farms receive pioneer award for 100 years

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/3/16


SnoversClayton and Terry Snover stand on the farm that has been in their family for more than 100 years.

The AKSARBEN Foundation, the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers present the Pioneer Farm Award, recognizing Nebraska farm families who have held ownership of land in the same family for 100 years or more, consecutively.

This year the farms owned by Terry Snover and his uncle Mark Snover are receiving the recognition. They will receive a plaque in a presentation at the Dodge County Fair Aug. 7 at 6 p.m.

Clayton Snover said he saw something in the North Bend Eagle “Looking Back” column last year about his grandfather, Sylvester Snover, buying 160 acres of land in 1905. He went to the courthouse to see what land it was and found out it was land farmed by his cousin, Gary Mitties, just east of his family place. Doing a little investigation, he discovered that the “home place,” now owned and farmed by his son, Terry Snover, was purchased in 1901.

“So we decided we should apply for the Pioneer Farm recognition,” Clayton said. “Tom Wolf, who is an AKSARBEN member, helped us fill out the paperwork.”

Sylvester and Esther Snover purchased the 320 acres five miles north of North Bend. The Snovers had eight children and he gave each of them 320 acres of farmland. In 1914 the land receiving the 100-year recognition was deeded to daughter Mabel Warner. In 1928 Snover purchased the land back. In 1939 Snover died, leaving the farm to his son Sylvester Snover Jr.

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