Bodo "Bode" Von Trotha
Bodo Leopold Von Trotha (1875-1959) was born in Toledo, Ohio. He came to Colorado with his parents, Claus and Helene Von Trotha, who had immigrated from Germany. The family first lived in Ohio, Minnesota and Boulder and Denver, Colorado before homesteading around 1887 on property just north of the Poudre River in the Bracewell/Farmers Spur area.
Bode was active in the community and contributed significantly to farming, livestock feeding and irrigation in the Greeley area. He was prominent in the community and well respected for his business practices.
Bode was active in politics and honored in the late 1920s for his work as Republican County Chairman. In 1928, he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1930, Bode managed the United States Census in the La Grange/Bracewell area.
Bode married Fern Tweed in 1931 in Greeley, Colorado. They married late in life and didn't have any children.
In 1950, Bode and his brother, Claude, incorporated their business interests by forming Von Trotha Brothers, Inc. (Click here to learn more about the Company.)
Considered pioneers in livestock feeding in Northern Colorado, the Von Trotha Brothers had one of the largest livestock feeding establishments in the region. They regularly shipped cattle and sheep to the Denver market. Bode was responsible for feeding activities. He also regularly bought cattle and sheep out of Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. In the early days, both cattle and sheep arrived by train, the railroad unloaded them at the Bracewell siding and Von Trotha workers drove them down County Road 27 to the farm. Bode Von Trotha passed away in 1959 at the age of 84.