On Wednesday, July 23, the Anoka County Historical Society (ACHS) presented an Anoka County Century Farm Award to the owners of the Burman Family Farm at the bandshell on the Anoka County Fairgrounds. The Oak Grove farm was first purchased by the family by William and Rebecca Burman in 1913. The farm is currently owned by a family corporation made up of William Burman’s great grandchildren and their mother.

William Burman was born in England in 1840 and emigrated to the United States as an adult. He married Rebecca and they farmed in Burns Township before purchasing the farm that would stay in the family for the nest 100 years for $1,500. William and Rebecca raised five children, including Alvin Burman, who took over the farm in 1918. Alvin and Emma Buran raised five children, including William A. Burman, who took over the farm in 1951. Today, the farm remains in the hands of William A. Burman’s widow, Marlys Burman, and their children. It continues to produce corn and soybeans.

ACHS presents awards to farms that have been farmed within the same bloodline for 100 years or more and consist of the original 40 acres or more. This is the 37th Anoka County Century Farm award given by the Historical Society since the program began in 1978 and the sixth farm in Oak Grove to receive such recognition.