Farm Horizons, Feb. 2006

Former Cokato residents move away from work, school to keep family tradition

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Priscilla (Pixie) and Bruce Mumford moved from Cokato in 2000 to live on 40 acres of her great-grandmother’s land near Forest City.

In 1886, her great-grandmother, Flora Wakefield, decided to purchase 80 acres of wooded land.

“She just went out and bought the land,” Pixie said.

Flora and her husband built a home on one of the 40 acres and ran cattle on the other 40 acres of wooded land. Eventually the land was handed down to Flora’s son; Pixie’s grandfather. He than cleared 10 of the 40 acres of woods so he could have tillable land, Pixie explained.

In 1967, the land was handed down to Pixie’s parents and they built a home on the wooded 40 acres where the Mumfords live now.

The house that her great-grandmother and her grandparents lived in had been sold outside of the family and Pixie wanted a part of the farm to remain within the family.

“Yes, it was difficult to move so far away from our jobs and the school, but it was worth it,” Pixie said.

Pixie works at the State Bank of Cokato and Bruce drives concrete for Samstone Concrete in St. Bonifacius.

They have three children, Aaron, who graduated from Dassel-Cokato in 2000, Brian, who graduated in 2004, and Liz who is currently attending ninth grade in DC.

The Mumford home is set back from the county road among century old trees. Out their kitchen window, is a wooded area that Bruce cleared for walking trails.

They have an old outhouse that fits so well with the century theme. Pixie believes it’s from the old District 1137 school house she attended when she was a child that had just burned down a few years ago. The old school house used to be a saloon in Forest City.

Often there will be deer, rabbits and many different species of birds in their backyard.

In the summer, Pixie has a garden filled with sunflowers and vegetables.

The 10 acres of tillable land just northeast of their home is rented out to a neighbor who grows soybeans and corn.

Pixie is proud that this has remained in the family for so long, she said.

In 2004, her husband applied for the Century Farm awards at the State Fair and won a sign and a certificate for their farm land.

“If anyone has forgotten what a lazy summer’s day is like, just come here. It’s so quiet and relaxing,” Pixie explained.

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