ELNORA — Keeping it in the family is important to Tom and Carol Nugent and their son Thomas. The Nugents, who farm in northern Daviess County, were honored last week with Hoosier Homestead awards for keeping two farms in their family for more than a century.
The Nugent Farm Centennial Award
“The Nugent Farm first owners were John Wesley and Susan Duke Palmer Nugent in 1891,” said Carol Nugent who did all of the extensive research required for the honors from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “This consisted of 40 acres and a homestead on CR 1400 N., south of Elnora. The continued owners were Thomas and Bessie Eads Nugent, Russell and Flora Holt Nugent, and Tom and Carol Gainey Nugent with farm acres added by each generation.”
It’s not just more ground that’s been added by each generation. The number of family members dedicated themselves to planting crops has continued to grow as well. Thomas Nugent is the fifth generation to work the ground that over the years has produced corn, beans, wheat, watermelons and livestock.
“This is a Centennial Award from 1891-2020 honoring the first 40 acres and its heritage,” said Nugent.
The Miller-Greenwood Farm Sesquicentennial Award
“The Miller-Greenwood Hoosier Award is a Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award 1869-2020,” said Nugent, who said it was her great-great-grandparents, George and Margaret Burns Miller, who purchased 200 acres to provide homesteads for themselves and their children in November 1869.
Located in Bogard Township along 1000 N., the Miller’s son, Henry and wife Eliza Maryfield Miller, owned 50 acres of the 200.
“It was passed on to the third generation Theodore and Della Miller Greenwood, fourth generation Ray and Laura Greenwood Gainey, Dale and Joyce Greenwood Wilson, and Halsie Greenwood Holcomb,” said Nugent. “About 50 acres and the original homestead are still in the family with about 30 acres farmed by Thomas, who is the sixth generation.”
That ground is owned by Nugent, Della Benefiel and Glen Gainey. Cameron Greenwood, fifth generation, and Gaven Wilson, sixth generation, have homesteads on about 10 acres each. Today the farm has crops of either corn, soybeans or wheat.
“Old homesteads are what memories are made from. If only the trees and the houses could talk,” said Nugent.
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be kept in the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year. The application requires documented/deed proof of ownership from one person to the next.