NEW PARIS — The Morehouse family was honored at the Indiana Statehouse Friday, March 22, for having their farm in the family since the year after the end of the Civil War.
Nearly two-dozen members of the farm family, led by Dean and Eleanor Morehouse, attended the ceremony where they received the Hoosier Homestead Award from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana Agricultural Director Gina Sheets.
They were the only local family of the 50 families from across the state who received the honor.
Dean Morehouse has been farming for 63 years, and he and his wife set an example for their children and grandchildren of being active in the community. They’ve held leadership roles with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, with the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and with the Elkhart County Agricultural Society.
They join another 18 farms in the county to have received the homestead award since it was created in 1976. The last family to receive the award was the Hire family of Goshen, who got it last August at the Indiana State Fair for having the farm in their family since 1834.