Joseph and Katherine May came to the farm in 1865. The couple lived in a small brick house that was built in 1856 by the federal government for the Winnebago Reservation that was in place from 1855 to 1863. The Mays’ son, George, eventually took over the farm and in 1901 remodeled and enlarged the home, keeping the original older part intact. The farm is where Jack and Lisa May and their family now call home.
The original May farm is still part of Jack and Lisa’s operation. Corn and soybeans are the main crops on the land and the family raises contract-fed hogs for Wakefield Pork. The Mays have raised hogs for Wakefield since the early 1990s; they are among the earliest contract finishers for the company.
Jack and Lisa are the owner/operators of the farm. They have three daughters: Kathleen, Michelle and Colleen. Michelle is married to Chris Larson and Michelle is working to become the sixth generation of the family to run the farm. Colleen is married to Russell Depuydt. Both Chris and Russell lend a hand at harvest and when needed in the hog operation. Jack’s parents, Gene and Pat, live just down the road.
The Mays are members of the Minnesota Corn and Minnesota Soybean Growers Associations. Jack was a long time director with the former AgStar Financial; he’s also a member of the St. Clair School Board and was its representative on the Minnesota Valley Education District for 10 years. Michelle is on the board of the Blue Earth County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, serving as its secretary.