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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Herlocker family of Girard has maintained the same land since 1880

  • In 1880, Rutherford B. Hayes was in the White House and Thomas Edison was tinkering with electricity. There was also another historic happening closer to home.

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  • In 1880, Rutherford B. Hayes was in the White House and Thomas Edison was tinkering with electricity. There was also another historic happening closer to home.
    In 1880 the Herlocker farm, located northeast of Girard, was homesteaded. Today a sixth generation of the family is growing up in the farmhouse originally built by Joseph Marsh.
    L.D. Herlocker purchased land from him.
    “There were still Indians around in 1880,” said Madrienne Herlocker, great-granddaughter of L.D. Herlocker.
    Her son, Kevan Schupbach, said the land had originally been purchased from the railroad.
    “The price was a buck and a quarter,” he said.
    L.D., born in 1845, came to this area in 1871 from Jones County, Iowa, according to “A History of the State of Kansas,” 1905, by William G. Cutler. This profile says that Herlocker “has worked actively in the growth of the social and industrial life of this locality since coming here,” had served two terms as a township trustee, had been active in school offices for several years and was serving as First District Crawford County Commissioner.
    He also served 1890 to 1891 as Crawford County sheriff.
    The same article praises the family farm as being “well fenced, and watered and stocked, with “good buildings, an orchard of 300 trees of nicely assorted fruits.”
    Herlocker married Elizabeth Kramer in 1868, and their family consisted of sons Elmer J., John J. and Edward C., and daughter Ida May.
    Son John married Ella Marsh, and their son, Glen Herlocker, was the father of Madrienne Herlocker. She was married to the late Dr. Lowell Schupbach in 1953. In addition to son Kevan, she is the mother of two daughters, Dr. Tanya Schupbach and Darla Larkin.
    Her son has fond memories of his grandfather Glen Herlocker and helping out on the farm.
    “There’s not a day that I don’t step out here and think of my grandpa,” Schupbach said. “I was 16, stacking hay bales in the barn, and he was 65 and keeping right up with me. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to work as hard as he did. Grandpa Glen used to say that he paid for this farm three times, when he stayed home to work the farm, when he bought out his siblings and in the Dust Bowl when he had to get a mortgage.”
    Now Schupbach is working the farm, with two-thirds of it planted for crops, and the remainder in pasture.
    And, since he moved to the farm in 2000, he has been renovating and expanding the historic farmhouse.
    “My grandparents raised five children in this house, and I don’t know how they did it,” his mother said. “The bedrooms were so small that all you could get in them was a bed.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Schupbach has added a downstairs sunroom and upstairs master suite with nursery and a game area for his older children. He has also added a large garage.
    He also faithfully maintains the barn, which was built in 1910.
    “Grandpa Glen remembered getting in the way when it was built,” Schupbach said.
    The farm home was the site recently for the annual Herlocker family reunion.
    “We used to have our family reunions every two years, but if somebody missed, you didn’t get to see them for four years,” Schupbach said. “Now we hold them every year.”
    Those attending ranged in age from John Gross, Scammon, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, to baby Marrone, born in March, the daughter of Schupbach and his wife, Dr. Mindi Garner. The baby, along with Schupbach’s older children, Sierra, 14, and Skyler, 13, are the sixth generation of the family.
    Others present, in addition to Madrienne Herlocker, included Mary Ann and Bob Gross, Lee and Ina Yoder, Allen and Judy Garner, Beryl and Sharon Burkhead, Becky, Brianna and Bethany Herlocker, Robert Herlocker, Drake, Ryder, Saylor and Howie Worrell, Marilyn and Jerry Worrell, Carolyn Jeter and friend, Pat and Darla Larkin, Paul and Joan Priefert, Gary and Nadia Herlocker, Ryan, Ronda, Rayae and Rylan Herlocker, Vicki Laural GHerlocker, Ronnie and Sharon Herlocker and Judd Worrell.
    Anybody having any doubt about their ancestry could easily trace it on the long Herlocker family genealogy chart that Schupbach draped over the white picket fence outside the house. Also posted on the fence was the Century Farm Award presented in 2010 by the Kansas Farm Bureau.
    “I can go to the Farlington Cemetery and go back five generations in my family,” Schupbach said.
    He also loves the view from the top story of the farmhouse.
    “My grandfather told me this was the only 160-acre farm in Crawford County that you can see all four corners of,” Schupbach said.
    His older daughter, Sierra, said she was really honored to be part of a family with such a rich history.
    “A lot of people don’t know where they come from,” she said, “We do."

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