By Carol Johnson
Menominee County Farm Bureau members gathered at Erickson Park in Stephenson June 29 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state-level Farm Bureau organization, founded in 1919.
Attendees ran the gamut from local charter members like Ruth Larson to a number of the county’s newest generation of working farmers.
Larson was a founding member of the Palestine Community Action Group, one of two remaining in the county. Meeting regularly since 1957, the Palestine group consists of several farm couples in the Stephenson and Daggett area.
Other attendees included 60-year Farm Bureau member Frank Grinsteiner and former Farm Bureau Insurance agent Ed Johnson.
Marla and Norman Tuinstra brought several generations of their deeply-rooted farming family. Both the Johnson and Tuinstra clans have centennial farms.
Several generations of farmers shared their stories with Jeremy Nagel, Michigan Farm Bureau’s member communications specialist, who made the trek from Lansing to attend. Nagel spoke about the importance of Farm Bureau’s social functions and how they serve to weave together a tightly knit community of farmers statewide.
In that vein he was particularly interested in hearing the thoughts of young farmers in attendance, including several members of the Granskog and Mellgren families.
Other Menominee County Farm Bureau members in attendance included the Dale Frisque family, the Menke brothers, Dale Shepeck, Charlie Meintz, Warren Suchovsky, county president Pete Kleiman, at least 10 Mellgrens and several Granskogs.
Altogether about 50 attendees enjoyed Debacker ice cream and had a good time catching up on the warm summer afternoon.
Carol Johnson is an active member of the Menominee County Farm Bureau and its Palestine Community Action Group.