Land $111 Per AcrePrinted in the Avon Clarion in 1916:
Herman Van Gerpen one of our most prosperous farmers has added another 160 acres to his already large holdings by purchasing the Fred W Bangert farm seven miles southeast of Avon at $111.00 per acre. This last purchase makes 640 by him during the last year at an average price of more than $100 per acre. Herman surely has an abundance in Bon Homme County and its virgin soil. He now owns 960 acres of the finest land in the vicinity of Avon. The foregoing is an example of what thrift, energy, good business judgment, and superior management will accomplish in a comparatively short time. Less than 25 years ago Herman bought his first 80 acres largely on time and since gradually added to his holdings until now he is counted among the largest land owners in the county.
A book entitled "I Said Yes" written by Harlan W. Van Gerpen is the source for this Clarion Clip. William R. Van Gerpen was Harlan’s father. William and Johanna (DeRoos) had two other sons, Roland and Edward.
The book contains other names that will be familiar to locals and past residents of the area.