Josiah Ritter Farm Receives Heritage Award

SYRACUSE  — Don and Kathy Wittler along with Pam Wittler-Stichweh and Tom Stichweh were recognized at the 2018 Otoe County Fair for their  150-year Heritage award.

Josiah Ritter acquired 80 acres in 1868 by Talmage, he produced corn, wheat, soybeans, poultry, cattle and hogs.

In 1900, the farm was placed in a life estate owned by Josiah’s wife Sophie Ritter.

In 1916, son William Ritter began farming.  Then, in 1935,  William’s son Arnold purchased farm.

He added 2,000 chickens during the Great Depression to help with expenses. He took and sold the eggs to the large hotels in Omaha.

In 1949, daughter Marilyn and husband Lavern Wittler began farming.

Today,  Will Wittler and his wife Carrie reside on the farmstead that started with 80 acres and grew to 440 acres in 150 years.

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