Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nez Perce County Century Farm

(l to r): Earl Bennett (Idaho Historical Society Rep.), Senator Jim Risch, Marga Blair, Henny Reil, Robert Blair, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter

Lewiston--On Saturday March 14th, Nez Perce County President, Robert Blair and his family received a Century Farm award during the Lincoln Day Event in Lewiston. Robert was accompanied by his mother Marga Blair and his great aunt Henny Reil who is 94.

The farm was started in 1903 when Fred Reil bought land overlooking the Clearwater River between Lewiston and Orofino. Rheinhard and Anna Wilken (Marga’s parents) and Henry and Henny Reil farmed the land when Fred retired.

When Fred passed away, the farm was split up and purchased by the Wilkens and Reils, with the original land being purchased by the Wilkens. Marga married John Blair and they took the farm over from Rheinhard in 1972. Robert came back to the farm in 1993 and is currently running the farm with his wife Rhonda and their two sons Dillon and Logan.

Robert’s brother Chris is currently serving in the Army and is slated to get out this year and wants to come back to the farm. The farm is currently 1,500 acres of cropland where wheat, barley, peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, alfalfa, and cows are raised.

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