1818 - Illinois becomes a state.
1837 - Innovator and manufacturer John Deere develops and manufactures first steel plow. Christian Ropp is inspired to acquire prairie lands for the purpose of farming.
1869 - Christian Ropp, Jr. devises and begins to publish the Ropp’s Commercial Calculator, a how-to guide that aids local farmers on the growth patterns, marketability, and sustainability of agricultural commodities.
1906 - The fourth generation of Ropps maintains a fully operational, self-sustaining family farm focused on traditional cropping with minimal commercial livestock interests.
1926 - Route 66 carves its way further from Chicago to St. Louis, enabling farmers in rural communities in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas to transport grain and produce for redistribution.
1930 - Uncle Gordie buys the family’s first Jersey calf, planting the seed for what would one day become the bell-cow legacy of the family’s agrarian efforts.
1955/1964 - The fifth generation of Ropps graduates U of I School of Agriculture and apply their expanded knowledge to the family’s farming interests.
1967 - Ropp Farm now supports 110–125 head of dairy, with a focus on milk cows.