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Brown Bag Program: DeArmonds to talk on farm history

— It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch.

The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

The fifth program is set for today, Sept. 12, and will feature American Indian James Lawyer who will present “Nezperce History.”

Next week, Sept. 19, Don and Charlotte DeArmond of Grangeville will present “100 Years of Farming History.”

The DeArmonds were awarded Century Farm Status in 2011 for their family farm near Fenn.

This honor is sponsored by Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture. It is given to those whose farms of at least 40 acres been actively engaged in agriculture by the same family for 100 years.

The DeArmond Farm was established in 1908 by Don’s grandparents, Charles and Clara DeArmond, who moved to Idaho from Missouri to escape the tornadoes and acquire more land. They purchased 240 acres for $10,900, built a new home and raised wheat, barley, oats and cattle, along with five children. Charles also worked as a surveyor for the Northern Pacific railroad and mined near Elk City. In recent years, wheat, canola, lentils, barley and livestock are raised on the land.

Upcoming programs include:

•Sept. 26: Dram, Scotland with Floyd Whitley

•Oct. 3: Back Country Pilots with Bob Black


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