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In 1872,  Lorens Christensen, a Danish immigrant was land granted the property that eventually became Lampe Ranch.  Sometime thereafter, a young Wilhelm Lampe came from Germany to the Carson Valley to work for the Dangberg Ranch in Minden.  By 1887, he had saved enough money to buy the Christensen land and bring his sweetheart Maria Winkleman from Germany to be his wife.  Maria’s father accompanied her to Gardnerville to make sure that Wilhelm could provide for his daughter.

After they were married, the newlyweds lived in a small two room cabin on the property.  Actually, they lived in one room and the other room was used as a combination storage room and chicken coop.  As they worked extremely hard, the ranch began to be successful, so they built an adjoining larger two room house which served as a large kitchen and dining room for the 18-20 ranch hands who harvested the hay and barley.  And then, as the first of their 8 children arrived, they were able to add on a 6 bedroom addition in the Victorian Gothic style.  At the same time, the Lampe family continued to purchase adjoining land making the ranch over 300 acres in the 1930s.

The ranch operation diversified to various grains, pigs, chickens and a very profitable dairy operation.  During the late 1900’s the Lampe men hauled butter and cream to the mining towns of Virginia City and Bodie.

In 1922, Maria and Wilhelm sold the ranch to their sons Bill and Edward.  Bill continued to own and manage the ranch until the early 1970s.  At that point, land in the Carson Valley became valuable for development, and the ranch was ideally located for taking advantage of that.  Various parcels were sold off to become a large part of what is now downtown Gardnerville including Lampe Park.  In 2002, we purchased the remaining 5 acres which includes the house, barn, dairy, bunkhouse and several other outbuildings.  We are proud and happy to be able to continue the agricultural heritage of this land and share its history with others.  So we renamed the ranch  - Jacobs Family Berry Farm.

The Jacobs Family has prepared several presentations on the history of the Lampe Family at events and for tour groups. These presentations have been supplemented with a written document "History of the Land-Lampe Homestead" outlining many of the details of their family history and live on the ranch. As more details are discovered through family and neighbors this written history will be updated. The most recent update is from a grandson of Maria and Wilhelm. On several occasions 4th and 5th generation decendents have visited the farm and provided pictures and more stories of the ranch life. These will be added as they are collected.