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Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Ohio Agricultural History | 0 comments

Helen’s Family

Helen’s Family


With an important goal of honoring her family’s agricultural heritage, Helen Ross Behm started a few years ago to gather materials to register her family’s Ohio Century Farm.

The family’s Century Farm story began in 1903, when Helen’s grandparents, Sylvanus and Susan “Ollie” (Spargur) Ross, purchased 152 acres in Paint Township, Highland County. The family operated a dairy and grew corn, wheat, oats, soybeans, hay, and tobacco.

The farm passed to Helen’s parents, William and Mary (Teboe) Ross in 1934. Here they raised four children: Harold Ross, Ruth (Ross) Cowgill, Helen, and Anna (Ross) Masterson. After their parent’s passing, Helen and her husband, Richard W. Behm, became sole owners of the farm in 2001.

Helen and Richard have supported many farm organizations and kept busy with 4-H, community and church activities. The Ross farm continues with livestock and produces corn, beans and hay. Farming operations are managed by Helen’s nephew, Joseph Ross Cowgill, along with his son, Brandon Cowgill.

Congratulations to the Ross family!

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