The office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have recognized Ken and Judy Roush of Highland County as owning an Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm.

A 52.853-acre portion of their 700-acre farm has been in continuous family ownership since 1860. Mr. Roush’s great-great grandfather, Joshua Brown (1807-1867) purchased the property on Jan. 31, 1860. Joshua Brown built the two-story brick farmhouse in which the Roushes resided  back in the 1840s, but that part of the property was sold outside the family in the 1890s following the death of Mr. Brown’s wife, Jeannette (1815-1889), and his youngest son, John Brown (1852-1888). However, Mr. Roush’s father, Wesley Roush (1910-2006), bought that farm and farmhouse on March 9, 1942 – less than two months before the birth of Ken Roush.

“On behalf of Gov. Mike DeWine, I would like to recognize your commitment to preserving your family heritage and your contributions to Ohio’s agriculture community by maintaining your family farm for 150-years or more,” said Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “I want to commend you on continuing the farming tradition for so many generations. Ohioans depend on you each and every day to produce quality food products.

“Of Ohio’s 75,000 farms, 1,600 are recognized as century, sesquicentennial or bicentennial farms by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Achieving historic farm status is an impressive feat, and I am honored to include your family in the Ohio’s Historic Family Farms program,” Pelanda said.

Following the death of Joshua Brown, the 52-acre property went to Brown’s son, William Elgar Brown (1845-1915), the second great-uncle of Ken Roush and a Civil War veteran. The land then went to William’s daughter, Bernice Brown (1891-1966), and then went to her nephew, John Henry Brown, in 1967 after Ms. Brown had passed away. Ken and Judy Roush bought the 52 acres from John Henry Brown’s estate in 1998 after Mr. Brown had passed away.

Ken and Judy Roush have lived on the Brown-Roush Sesquicentennial Farm land since 1968 when they bought 90 acres from Mr. Roush’s father. Mr. and Mrs. Roush renovated the old Brown farmhouse beginning in the early 1970s and their farm now stands at close to 700 acres.

“I wish you and your family many more generations of successful farming,” Pelanda said.