Members of the Dawes family and workers on Liberty Acres Dairy are (front, from left), Ralph Dawes, Janice Dawes, Colton Dawes, Makenna Dawes, Deb Dawes, Greg Dawes; (second row, from left), Mallory Snyder (Baby), Tiffany Snyder, Mike Snyder, Jan Finch, Deb Finch, Kathie Dawes, Lisa Enyeart, Jerry Enyeart; (back row, from left), Mitch Snyder, Charley Snyder, Brady Swain, Gracey Swain, Chase Enyeart, Allie Enyeart, Chance Enyeart. Also pictured is the family dog, Honey, and one of the farm’s dairy Cows, Sumac. Photo by Joseph Slacian.
By Joseph Slacian
In 1957, Ralph and Janice Dawes were honored by Wabash County Farm Bureau as the Young Farm Family of the Year.
Over the next 50 years, things have changed on the farm.
Modern farm machinery has replaced the tractors of old. Hog, calves and beef cattle, with the urging of the Dawes’ son, Greg, gave way to dairy cows, and the homestead is now known as Liberty Acres Dairy.
The number of Daweses caring for the farm also has increased, and is now in its third generation as grandson Colton has an active role in the day-to-day operations.
Because of the family’s longstanding place in the Wabash County farming community, Grow Wabash County has named the Dawes family as the 2017 Wabash County Farm Family of the Year. They will be honored Tuesday, March 20, at a dinner at the Heartland REMC Community Room.