The Fib that Got Us Here

Real Estate Agent with Utah Homes 9334967-SA00

"Annual catalogue : 1915 machinery fertilizers seeds etc"

My great grandpa got arrived by boat from Sweden.

His family business involved helping farmers turn property into farmland.

They felled trees and removed rocks.

That's back breaking stuff.

Someone told them, "In America, you can plow for a mile and never so much as turn up a single stone."

I'm sure this wasn't the first truth-stretcher told about America.

But it was enough.

So- the family sold almost everything and bought passage.

This would be a new life.

No more rocks.

No more trees.

Just land and temperature to farm under superior conditions.


Turns out, some stories are too good to be true.


They had purchased some land but crops take time.

Since their parcel, bought with with few funds they had, was festooned with rocks and trees they set about doing what they knew so well.

When word of their expertice travelled, other farmers sought their assistance.

And, they found willing customers.

Their business?

They cleared rocks and trees for those who desired to turn property into farmland.


I'd like to track down the fib teller and say, "thanks".

Comments (10)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story.  Your great grandparents knew how to turn a disadvantage in a positive.  A

Oct 15, 2016 03:45 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Chuck,

Ingenuity at its best.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 15, 2016 04:36 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Chuck. What a great story. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

Oct 16, 2016 12:16 AM
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

Sometimes I feel like that's my business too... turning over rocks (buyers) for other Realtors to reap the benefit from.  :)   Have a good one!

Oct 24, 2016 01:07 AM
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

Great story. It helps to remember where we can came from. It is humbling.


Oct 25, 2016 02:40 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

No rocks!?  No trees!?  Lol.  I love that they made a business out of the fib.  Way to turn it around. -Kasey

Feb 07, 2017 08:37 AM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ


Thank you for sharing your family history

Great story with a  silver lining 

Feb 11, 2017 03:12 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Well they made a good decision to come to the New World and take a chance on everything.  I guess it worked out or you wouldn't be here telling us about it.

Feb 21, 2017 07:14 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nice story, & what a turn of events.  

Mar 01, 2017 02:21 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Early entrepreneurs! Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story.

Aug 20, 2017 06:47 PM