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First Farm - Shelby County, Iowa

Andrew and Mary's first farm was located in section 19, Monroe Township and was 120 acres. Deeds to the land are recorded at the court house in Harlan as follows:

Book 110, page 167: The SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 and the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 19, Township 78 Range 38 West, Containing eighty acres more or less. Dated March 25, 1892. The deed specifies that the land was sold to Mary for two thousand dollars by her parents, Magnus and Anna Maria Petersen. However, family history claims that the land was a wedding gift to Mary.

Book 152, page 380: The NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of section 19, Township 78 North of Range 38 West. The number of acres is 40, although this is not specified in the deed. The deed is dated December 5, 1898. The land was sold to Andrew for 1,000 dollars by his father-in-law (Magnus Petersen) and mother-in-law (Anne Maria Petersen). Family history claims that Andrew paid for this land on time, so presumably he finished paying for the land sometime near the date of this deed.

Book 190, page 550: The East half of the SE 1/4 of section 19 and the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of section 19, Township 78 North of Range 38 West. Andrew and Mary sell the land to Ray Johnson. The deed is dated February 26, 1908. The land was sold for eleven thousand dollars. Family history claims that the original buyer for the land backed out, which delayed the sale. At the date of this deed, the family had already moved to the new farm near Allen, Nebraska.

Section 19 map - date is 1921, note land marked as Ray Johnson, which is the farm

Topographic map

Photos of House - July 25, 2007 & one photo of unknown date

Photos of Farm - July 25, 2007

Video of Farm house - September 24, 2007 (Windows Media video)

Video of Farm windmill - September 24, 2007 (Windows Media video)

Magnus on House - part of a sermon by M. Christensen where he talks about house (Windows Media audio). You may also save this recording to your computer (right-click on link and select "Save Target As")

Deed for 80 acres

Deed for 40 acres