Timeline

Black Hawk War Ends

September 2, 1832

Black Hawk War Ends

Just 22 years before J.W. Bean moves to the area, this last recorded event marks the end of a centuries-old era. Among the Native American tribes that lived and flourished in N. Illinois by farming, hunting and fishing before the coming of settlers were the Illinois, Blackhawk, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Chippewa, Miami, Sac, Fox, Potawatomi, Winnebago, Sioux, Iroquois and Huron, according to historical accounts. The nearest battle of the war appears to have taken place at nearby Stillman Valley, in 1832. The Battle of Stillman’s Run To this day, observant walkers may find ancient arrowheads in newly tilled soil or creek beds.

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J.W. Bean moves to Hampshire, IL

March 18, 1854

My Great-Great Grandfather moved here with his wife Elizabeth and their young son Byron.  

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George H Bean buys farm from J.W.

August 23, 1894

Took out a mortgage with his brother in law, paid off in 1909

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New Barn Built

July 1, 1897

New Barn Built

Replaces earlier barn on or near same spot.  in 2006, We built the new pole barn on the site of an existing barn (the Horse Barn) that had been built, used and fallen into disrepair in the intervening 109 years.

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Bean Bros Farm begins

May 1, 1917

Earl, Reuben, & Richard Bean begin farming as a partnership. They take over from their Father, George H. They documented every financial transaction in a journal.  Included in the entries are purchases of land that would later be split amongst the partners and later be transferred to future generations. The partnership ended when each had his own farm and my Grandfather had a wife in 1926

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George Bean buys farm

November 1, 1955

Bean’s Team takes 1st Place!

September 15, 2007

We sponsored a team for a few years, the guys took it all the first year!  the next year 3rd, eventually I was outbid by a local tavern for sponsorship.  

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Bean Dust Ribs Win!

September 10, 2017

Ribs like these, seasoned with only Beans Farm Grilling dust and cooked on a humble Weber Kettle, took 1st place in the inaugural Mott’s Lounge Rib Cookoff.   Though I quickly retired from competition, I still make ribs the same winning way in under 2 hours.

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New Orchard planted

May 22, 2018