A Visit to a Butler County Heritage Farm

Dean and Elizabeth Deuell’s farm has been in their family since 1856. It was designated as a Heritage Farm in 2010.

    Not many families have owned and operated an Iowa farm for over a century and a half. Dean and Elizabeth Deuell’s farm, near Shell Rock has been in their family since 1856.

    In 2010, the Deuell’s farm was recognized by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Farm Bureau as a Heritage Farm.

    Butler County only has four Heritage Farms. The state of Iowa has 940 total.

    The farm was originally purchased by the Langstrom family. John Nagel’s second wife, Caroline Langstrom Nagel purchased the 80 acres that comprise the Heritage farm from her parents. One of Nagel’s daughters died in childbirth. She had twins and her parents John and Caroline adopted one of the daughters, Viola, and raised her in Shell Rock as their daughter. 

Read more in the April 13 edition of the Star or Tribune.