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SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM: Homestead is applauded for longevity

August 22, 2013

Deloris Ware’s family farm, located at 10418 S. Washington Rd. in Columbia City, displays the Hoosier Homestead sign in front of her home. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — A 150-year-old legacy was recognized by the state of Indiana recently.

Henry Hiner purchased the homestead located at 10418 S. Washington Rd. Columbia City in April of 1863.

Fast forward approximately 150 years — the Hiner-Geeting-Ware farm was recognized by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Hoosier Homestead Award was presented to Deloris Ware, 83, who currently resides in the family home where she was born.

“My mom and dad drove the horses for the farm,” Ware said. “It was survival of the fittest. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat.”

At the Indiana State Fair, recognition is paid to those farms that have been in the family for an extended period of time.

Ware’s farm was applauded for the 150 years it remains in the family.

“This means a lot,” Ware said. “I’m very proud that our family has had this place. It means we have roots here. Our family helped shape this area.”

Ware comes from a heritage that knows its legacy.

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