CHAMBERS — For over a half century, the AKSARBEN Foundation has teamed up with the Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Association of Fair Managers to present the Pioneer Farm and Nebraska Heritage Farm awards recognizing Nebraska farm families who have consecutively held ownership of land in the same family for 100 years (pioneer) or 150 years (heritage), respectively.
To date, more than 9,000 families in all 93 counties have been honored. Recipients are presented a plaque and gatepost marker during the annual county fair in which the land is owned.
One local family was awarded the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Holt County Fair in Chambers. Honored this year was the Dougherty family of Page.
The Patrick and Nadine "Nikki" Dougherty family was present to receive a plaque and marker post sign in recognition of their family farm being continuously owned in the same family for more than 100 years.
The land was claimed by John Dougherty on June 14, 1878, with a Timber Culture Certificate “To encourage the Growth of Timber on the Western Prairie."
John Dougherty’s claim was for the southeast quarter of section 24/77/6 in Nebraska containing 160 acres.
John Dougherty was the first person to own this property from the United States of America and it has remained in the same family until today. The land claim was signed by William McKinley, President of the United States on the Dec. 12, 1898.
The land is currently owned by a grandson and his wife A. Patrick and Nadine "Nikki" Dougherty of Page. The land is currently pasture and hay ground for the family.