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In Muscatine County, Bob Bancks knows the lay of the land.

This Iowa Farm Boy lives on a Century Farm.

Bob is the fourth generation to farm the family land near Blue Grass, in Montpelier Township.

Bob's relatives arrived from Germany in 1865. His great grandfather ended up in Buffalo, Iowa, working two years on a farm as a hired hand.

In 1868, great grandpa bought eighty acres of farm land in Montpelier Township, and the family has owned it ever since.

Bob has his great grandfather's naturalization papers, an 1874 Muscatine County Atlas,

and pictures of what the farm looked like more than one hundred years ago.

A butter churn, button wire, and a neck yoke to gather water are just some of the family collectibles.

Bob says there was not electricity on the farm until 1936.

He farmed the land for forty eight years and retired in 2008.

Today, he rents the land.

He has written three novels about life on the Century Farm.

The place where he has lived for seventy four years.

Bancks says his family owns the land on paper, but they are really stewards of God's land.

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