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Heartland Farmer - Bormann Family

At 76 years young, Bormann says the he doesn’t have any plans of stopping soon. At 76 years young, Bormann says the he doesn’t have any plans of stopping soon.
Bormann works with his grandsons on the farm. Bormann works with his grandsons on the farm.
Bormann has quite a collection of antique tractors. Bormann has quite a collection of antique tractors.
METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

This Heartland Farmer has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

“My ancestors came here in about 1850,” said Kenneth Bormann, a farmer from Metropolis, Illinois.

That means Bormann’s family has spent the last 160 plus years on this land.

“There’s always something to do,” Bormann said. “And I enjoy doing it.”

At 76 years young, Bormann says the he doesn’t have any plans of stopping soon.

“Not in the immediate future,” Bormann said. “I think them boys are wondering when that old man is going to quit.”

Those boys he is referring to are his grandsons, who work side-by-side with him.

“There’s not too many jobs where I would get to spend time with my grandpa the whole time,” Jared Gentry said. “Not many people get that opportunity.”

“Everything I’ve ever learned in life and farming, I’ve learned from him,” Matthew Douglas said.

Just about two years ago, that all almost changed.

“That wasn’t a good day,” Bormann said. “I got a helicopter ride over to Saint Francis hospital in Cape Girardeau after a tractor ran over me.”

“He yelled at me to shut it off and I didn’t know it had run him over yet,” Gentry said. “Somehow I don’t know how I did it but I got the sucker turned off before it ran through the back of the shop.”

Bormann broke 14 ribs and punctured a lung, but within a day was feeling much better. It wasn’t long before he was back on the farm back to joking with those boys.

“Well, when I’m wrong they will correct me,” Bormann said. “When they are wrong, I’ll correct them.”

If you drive by this Metropolis farm and don’t see him in the field, you may find him in his shed. Bormann has quite a collection of antique tractors.

“It’s just kind of a natural hobby that I picked up working in there,” Bormann said. “I just kind of enjoyed fooling with those old tractors.”

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