Pretty Farmhouse


In our January/February issue we asked the readers of Nebraska Life to nominate homes for our Nebraska’s Prettiest Farmhouse competition. The winner for our March/April 2017 issue is Cheryl Muilenburg of Stockville.
Muilenburg’s great-grandfather Ambrose Shelley was a Civil War veteran looking for a soft place to land when he homesteaded near Medicine Creek in southwestern Nebraska with his Irish wife, Nellie. There they raised corn, cattle and five strong children. 

They lost the homestead in 1905 during tough economic times. Tom and Cora Owens purchased the land, built this house in 1908 and raised 10 children of their own. George and Linna Shelley, Muilenburg’s grandparents, bought back the family homestead in 1959. The land and home remain in the family today. The house retains the Owenses’ Victorian trim, wainscoting, stained-glass windows and other appointments.

“This grand old lady of a farmhouse overlooking corn and alfalfa fields is bordered by a rambling creek where deer and turkeys roam,” Muilenburg said. “Today she is loved by the Shelley descendants while chasing summer fireflies in the midnight sky.”

Do you have the prettiest farmhouse in your rural Nebraska neighborhood? We would love to see your farmhouse or ranch house. Each Nebraska Life issue in 2017 is featuring one beautiful rural Nebraska home. The owner will also receive a complimentary 20-year subscription to Nebraska Life and a 20th anniversary poster. 

Entering is very easy. Tell us in 500 words or less about the home, its history and the memories you’ve made there. Please include a few photos of the exterior of the home, too. Email your submission to or drop off or mail them to Nebraska Life, 206 W. Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, NE 68702-0819.

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