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AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE Joe Vrchota (from left), Pat Reckard and Jim Vrchota pose with their Century Farm plaque outside the current home on the Vrchota farm.

Vrchota farm settled by family in 1897

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JACKSON -- It all started with a train ride.

More than 100 years ago, Frank Vrchota and his family took a train from Chicago to Spirit Lake, Iowa.

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