Bryan Sievers’ great grandfather, John Sievers, was born in 1853 near the town of Bergenhusen in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1873 and settled in Liberty township in Scott County, Iowa near the small village of Round Grove. Bryan’s great grandmother, Anna Bornholdt, was born in Clinton County in 1858. Anna’s parents, John and Maria Bornholdt, immigrated to and settled in northwest Scott County in 1851.
John Sievers and Anna Bornholdt were married in 1879 and lived in a house that had previously been used as a hotel and stage coach stop along the stage coach route that ran between Davenport and Tipton, Iowa. This is where Bryan’s grandfather, Hugo Sievers, was born.
Hugo and his wife Irene (Schneckloth) moved a half mile west onto the farm that is now known as Sievers Family Farms around 1920. Bryan Sievers’ father, Glenn Sievers, was born in the house on this farm in 1928 and still lives there with his wife, and Bryan’s mother, Norma (Koester) Sievers. Bryan and Lisa Sievers are proud of their heritage from several different European countries. The common bond that has helped keep their agricultural roots intact, for many generations, is their strong ties to Iowa, the land, livestock, and farming.
Lisa Goecke Sievers’ great great grandfather Henry Goecke was born in Hagenbeck, Germany and came to America shortly after he turned 21 years old. He purchased land in the LaMoile – State Center, Iowa area. In 1868 he married Wilhelmina Thomas, who came from Braunschweig, Germany. In 1938 the Goecke brothers pen of five Hereford steers won the Iowa State Fair.
To this day, the Goecke family continues to farm and raise livestock in the LaMoille – State Center area.