Long-Held Traditions in the Enneking-Seger Family
After receiving a Catholic Century Farm Award earlier this year, Mary Lou and Urban Seger decided to also complete an Ohio Century Farm registration for their Jackson Township, Auglaize County farm. Mary Lou and her sister, Dolores Latham, researched their family and farm’s history and found that it all started when their great- great grandmother, Maria Elisabeth Busse Tiemann Middlebecke, and her husband Clemens, purchased the first parcel in 1835. After Clemens’ death, Maria married Johann Heinrich (Henry) Enneking.
Maria and Henry’s son, Clem, married Mary Hoying. Following Clem’s death, Mary and her five young children continued to work on the farm with her in-laws. She would later inherit the land.
Mary was known as a strong-willed, pious woman. After the morning milking chores, she would walk more than a mile with a bucket of milk to have the local priest bless it. If Mary happened to fall asleep during the evening prayers, she would start them again as soon as she stirred from her nap.
Today the farm is owned by Mary’s great-granddaughter, Mary Lou, and her husband Urban. Congratulations to the Enneking-Seger Family on their Ohio Century Farm registration.