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Wilson County’s Laskowski Ranch is land heritage honoree


Wilson County’s Laskowski Ranch is land heritage honoree
Three generations of the Anton Laskowski family


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December 26, 2013
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In a celebration of agriculture and family heritage, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples honored 115 farms and ranches spanning 66 Texas counties at the 38th annual Family Land Heritage ceremony Nov. 7 in Austin. The ceremony, held in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol, recognizes Texas families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.

Among the families honored Nov. 7 were 11 whose properties have been in continuous agricultural production for 150 years or more, including Long Branch Farms in Bexar County.

Among the honorees celebrating 100 years is Laskowski Ranch of Wilson County, located 3 miles south of Denhawken on C.R. 451.

According to Raymond Lee Ibrom, great-grandson of founders Anton and Anna Laskowski, the ranch was founded in 1891.

Anton Laskowski came to the United States through Ellis Island. While in Chicago, he heard of the great opportunities in Texas, and moved to Bexar County, where he married Anna Grajewski. After a period of time, he moved his new family to Denhawken (Wilson County) where he purchased land. Acres in the original parcel numbered 550. In 1891, the Laskowskis raised cattle, hogs, horses, and mules and farmed corn, cotton, milo, and sorghum.

Anton and Anna had six boys and three girls. The land was divided among the children when he retired.

His son, Joseph, acquired 315 acres in 1915 and raised eight children. After Joseph’s death in 1958, his wife, Regina, acquired title to the land. She divided it between her sons, Flavian and Anton, in 1962.

Joseph’s son, Anton, carried on with farming and ranching until his death in 2000. He divided the property between his three sisters.

Anton’s sister, Irene Ibrom, divided the tract. The land is now in improved grasses and still in use for cattle operations to this day.

The current owners are Raymond Ibrom, Gladys Stanosh, Alphonse Ibrom, Lillian Broll, and JoAnn Broll.

Raymond Ibrom and Gladys Stanosh represented the farm in Austin.

This was not the first time for Raymond to accept an award for a farming or ranching operation held continuously for 100 years.

Last year, Ibrom Farm and Ranch in DeWitt County was also honored, Ibrom said.

“Life in agriculture is never easy or simple, yet it’s truly a rewarding way of life,” Staples said. “We face droughts, fires, floods, and pests, but here in Texas, we persevere. Today, the land these families have nurtured has turned the Texas agriculture industry into a powerhouse of productivity that generates $100 billion in economic impact for our state.”

To date, the Texas Department of Agriculture has recognized more than 4,800 properties in 239 counties across Texas.
 

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