Remagen Farm Steeped in History
Richard Tuggle believed in preserving the past. Even the name of his family’s farm references a chapter in history.
Twenty-three year-old U.S. Army Captain Richard Tuggle led 220 men in C Company 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion across the bridge at Remagen, Germany on March 7, 1945. Crossing the bridge, which spanned the Rhine River, gave Allied Forces a strategic boost as they conquered a geographical obstacle to gain access into the heart of Germany. The historical significance of crossing the bridge undoubtedly made a huge impact on the young soldier, and he would later name his Preble County farm in memory of the event.
Richard had a keen interest in local history, and helped organize the county historical society in the early 1970s. He also purchased a log house, estimated to have been built between 1805 and 1815, and rebuilt the structure on his Gasper Township Century Farm.
John and Jean Tuggle now own the 173-acre Remagen Farm, which dates back to 1870 in their family. They place a priority on instilling family history in their children and grandchildren, and preserving the farm structures, which includes a 1910 bank barn.