September 13, 2001

Wiley Homestead Honored As Missouri Century Farm

Tary, Yukiko and Benjamin Wiley are the sixth and seventh generations to own and reside on their family farm since Tary's great, great, great grandfather, Thomas D. Allen, first settled there around 1838. The farm, located three miles west of Gorin in Scotland County on Route U, has been in continuous agricultural operation ever since.

Thomas Allen was born in Shelby County, Kentucky in 1798 and married Mathilda Freeman there in 1816. The family moved to northeast Missouri in 1838 and by 1851 had cleared enough land for Thomas to receive a land grant for 600 acres in Scotland County.

Great, great grandparents, Aaron K. and Mary Allen Chambers built a log cabin and barn on the hill overlooking the Fabius River bottom sometime after their marriage in 1841. The cabin has long since disappeared but the big red barn still stands as a monument to the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Great grandfather Felix Allen Chambers built the Cedar Grove schoolhouse on the property and served as its first teacher. The one room schoolhouse was later moved to the Gorin R-III school and is still in use today. Felix was also one of Gorin's first postmasters.

In 1912 grandparents George and Lizzie Chambers Wiley built a frame home in place of the log cabin.

Tary's father, Glen Wiley, built an airstrip on the farm in 1946 and was widely known as a pilot and flight instructor. He taught an estimated 400 students to fly from the grass airstrip and hosted an annual Wiley Fly-In for 39 years where many area residents received their first plane rides.

Tary is a Contract Software Engineer and graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery, AL. Yukiko is a homemaker and full-time mother and Benjamin is a sixth grade student at Gorin R-III school.

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