Riepenhoff Family Traditions Grow in Putnam County
Andrew Riepenhoff, a carpenter by trade, relocated to Palmer Township, Putnam County from Wheelersburg, Ohio in 1903. The family settled on 80 acres of land, and Andrew said that 17 acres was in cattails and the remainder was in forest.
The Riepenhoff farm passed to Andrew’s son, Harry, who added 141 acres, and eventually to Harry’s son, Robert. Robert would clear an additional 73 acres of ground as the farm continued to grow. His son, Brian, acquired the homestead and portion of the farm in 2004.
Brian and his wife Amber began remodeling their farmhouse in 2010. They were expecting a child in September of that year, but had been unable to settle on a name for their firstborn. Unexpected help arrived when they found newspapers, addressed to Andrew Riepenhoff and dating back to the early 1900s, in the wall cavities of their home. After this discovery, they decided to name their son Andrew after Brian’s great-grandfather.
Today Robert and Brian Riepenhoff manage the farm’s 374 acres and rent additional ground. They raise cattle and grow soybeans, corn, and wheat.