Each year the state prints some new figures
for land values in the state of Nebraska.
Following this the county commissioners set land tax levies
and taxes seem to always go up.
This makes the following newspaper article of February 12,
What may be regarded as the biggest land transaction ever
made in this vicinity occurred this week when Emanuel Ulmer
purchased the W.G. Hummell farm consisting of one hundred and sixty
acres, adjoining his farm for twenty-five thousand six hundred
dollars. Mr. Hummell
gets the use of the farm until March of next year free of charge.
This is the
largest price ever paid for a farm in this vicinity, but the place
is well worth it, considering the quality of the soil and the
Mr. Ulmer now owns four hundred acres of the finest farming
land in Richardson County. He has his original place of one hundred
and sixty acres, an eighty on the south of that, and the Hummell
place adjoining his farm on the west.
This makes his place worth close to seventy-five thousand and
places him in the list of large landholders of this county.
Mr. Hummell will farm another year, and will then doubtless
retire and enjoy the fruits of his labors.
Most of the property is still in the hands of Pennsylvania
Colony descendants who either are actively farming it or renting it
to a relative. The land, which originally carried tracks of the pioneers
trek westward is known as “ridge” land and has deep black soil.
Having left the Pennsylvania Mountains, and the rocks behind,
Emanuel Ulmer left his birthplace, his widowed mother, Catherine;
and two brothers, Israel and Martin, and a sister who later came to
join him in Nebraska. This
young pioneer came to Nebraska to marry Sarah, one of the daughters
of Jacob G. Heim, the original family who came west to establish a
new colony of German farmers. To this couple were born six children,
Mary who married Charles Wuster, Norman who married Pearl Wachtler,
Edna, who never married, Walter who married Laura White and was a
missionary in China and later doctored in Dawson, Reuben who married
True Stratton, and Nelson who married Cecelia Smith.
The land is located about ½ mile south of the Humboldt
corner intersection on both sides of highway 75.
Richardson County’s first half land taxes were due May 1,
05. Would be VERY
interesting to know the land tax of 1909 on this property.