Selling ABSOLUTE WITHOUT RESERVE - Historical Homestead on Old Jacksonville Rd - Ultimate Choice Auction
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New Berlin, IL 62670
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Bidding Ends: Wednesday Dec 28
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Aumann Auctions

Contact: Kurt Aumann
Phone: 217-563-2523
Email: kurt@aumannauctions.com
Website: www.aumannauctions.com

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PLEASE READ AND REVIEW THE REAL ESTATE TERMS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO BIDDING ON ANY PROPERTY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS DO NOT BID BY BIDDING ON THE PROPERTY, BUYER AGREES TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH AND ENTERS INTO A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS: UPON CONCLUSTION OF THE AUCTION: The Winning Bidder will be emailed a Real Estate Contract to print and required to fully and correctly complete and properly sign without any modifications and return the completed, signed contract to Aumann Auctions, Inc. by email, fax, certified mail or delivered in person by 4:00 PM of the day following the auction. Along with the completed, signed contract, the Winning Bidder will be required to send the specified non-refundable earnest money deposit as stated in the property description. This non-refundable earnest money deposit will be held in escrow until closing and that amount will then be credited to the Buyer as part of the purchase price of the property. Wire transfer instructions and escrow agreement forms will be provided to the Buyer along with the contract after the auction. Purchaser shall be responsible for all wire transfer fees. Successful bidder not executing and returning the completed contract and earnest money deposit by 4:00 PM the day after the auction will be considered in default. Such default by the Successful Bidder will result in that Bidder’s liability to both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. Seller shall have the right to (a) declare this contractual agreement cancelled and recover full damage for its breach, (b) to elect to affirm this contractual agreement and enforce its specific performance or (c) Seller can resell the property either publicly or privately with Aumann Auctions, Inc. and in such an event, the Buyer shall be liable for payment of any deficiency realized from the second sale plus all costs, including, but not limited to the holding costs of the property, the expenses of both sales, legal and incidental damages of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. In addition, Aumann Auctions, Inc. also reserves the right to recover any damages separately from the breach of the Buyer. Both the Successful Bidder and Seller shall indemnify Aumann Auctions, Inc. for and hold harmless Aumann Auctions, Inc. from any costs, losses, liabilities, or expenses, including attorney fees resulting from Aumann Auctions, Inc. being named as a party to any legal action resulting from either Bidders or Sellers failure to fulfill any obligations and undertakings as set forth in this contractual agreement. REAL ESTATE TERMS: • BUYER’S PREMIUM: A 5% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the winning bid to determine the total purchase price of the property. • DATE OF CLOSING: The closing will take place within 30 days from the date of the auction and as specified in the Contract for Sale of Real Estate. All taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. • NO CONTINGENCIES: This Real Estate contract is not contingent on or subject to Buyers financing, appraisal, survey or inspections of any kind or any other contingencies as agreed to by bidders at registration prior to bidding. • TITLE: Buyer is entitled to and the Seller will provide clear, insurable title for property upon full payment. • ZONING AND EASEMENTS: Property is being sold subject to any and all easements of record. Property is subject to all state and local zoning ordinances. • AERIAL PHOTOS, Images and Drawings: are for illustration purposes only and not surveyed boundary lines unless specified. • AGENCY: Aumann Auctions, Inc. is the Agent and Representative of the Seller. • CONDITION OF PROPERTY: Property is sold 'AS IS, WHERE IS' condition. Aumann Auctions, Inc, the Sellers nor their representatives, agents, or employees make express or implied warranties or representations of any kind. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries, and due diligence concerning the property prior to bidding on the subject property. All information presented in the brochure, website, and all other mediums is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. All sketches and dimensions are approximate. No liability for its accuracy, errors, or omissions is assumed by the Seller, Aumann Auctions, Inc. or their Agents or Representatives. Buyer and or Bidder agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Aumann Auctions, Inc. and their Agents and its Representatives from any and all claims, damages or suits including but not limited to awards, judgments, costs, fees, etc. • DISCLAIMER: All information included herein was derived from sources believed to be correct, but is not guaranteed. NEW DATA, CORRECTIONS, and CHANGES: Please check for updated information prior to scheduled auction time to inspect any changes, corrections, or additions to the property information. • DISPUTES: Any dispute between Aumann Auctions, Inc or the Sellers or their Agents or Representatives and the Buyer(s) will be (a) arbitrated in Montgomery County, IL or (b) tried in a court of jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Illinois at the discretion of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. BIDDING AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION BIDDER VERIFICATION: Bidding rights are provisional, and if identity verification is questionable, Aumann Auctions, Inc. has the right to reject the registration, and bidding activity will be terminated. The Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserve the right to preclude any person from bidding if there is any question as to the person's credentials, mental fitness, etc. Bidders agree to keep their username and password confidential as they are responsible for ANY and ALL activity involving their account. If the registered bidder's user name is offensive to Aumann Auctions, Inc. or in their sole opinion detrimental to Bidding Activity, then Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserves the right to delete the bidder from bidding or unilaterally change the username with notification to the Bidder. When using the web site you must obey any and all local state and federal laws. Violations will result in termination of web site use privileges. MAXIMUM BID: When you bid your maximum bid, the current bid price does not automatically advance to your maximum bid. Another bidder has to bid to increase the current price and the computer will automatically bid up to your maximum in the increments specified. AUCTION END TIMES: Aumann Auctions, Inc. online only auctions are timed events and all bidding will close at specified time. However, our auctions also have what is called an 'Auto Extend' feature. Any bid placed within the final 5 minutes of an auction results in the auction automatically extending 5 additional minutes. The bidding will extend in 5 minute increments from the time the last bid is placed until there are no more bids, and the lot sits idle for 5 minutes. Therefore, the auction will not close until all bidding parties are satisfied and no one can be outbid at the last seconds without having another opportunity to bid again. TECHNICAL ISSUES: In the event there are technical difficulties related to the server, software, internet or any other online auction-related technologies, Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserve the right to extend bidding, continue the bidding, or close the bidding. Neither the company providing the software, nor Aumann Auctions, Inc. shall be held responsible for a missed bid or the failure of the software to function properly for any reason. CONDUCT OF THE AUCTION: Conduct of the auction and increments of bidding are at the direction and discretion of Aumann Auctions, Inc. Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserves the right to reject any and all bids for any reason and also reserves the right to cancel this auction, or remove any item or lot from this auction prior to the close of bidding. All decisions of Aumann Auctions are final. YOUR BID ON THIS AUCTION INDICATES BOTH AN UNDERSTANDING AND AN ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THIS CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOURSELF AND BOTH THE SELLER AND AUMANN AUCTIONS, INC. AND THAT YOU, AS THE BIDDER, ARE PREPARED TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AUCTION.
Listing Information

 Important Inspection Date/Time: Dec 22nd from 10:00 AM - 5: 30 PM 



Parcel 1

Approx 37.5 - Large outbuilding - 2 garages - 1 Stable Building - 16203 OLD JACKSONVILLE RD NEW BERLIN, IL 62670

There will be easement access recorded on this parcel for the propane tank and well for parcel #2.

Parcel # 19-11.0-200-018

16203 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin, IL

Legal: PT Center PT NE 1/4

Taxes $1,118.58

.7 Acre

The structure on this parcel is a Morton Building measuring 100’ x 60’ with a center overhead door measuring 18’ W x 14’ T and 3 pedestrian entrances .  The apartment located in the middle of the interior is a one bedroom with a total sqft of 600+/-. 

Parcel #19-11.0-200-021

16407 Old Jacksonville Rd New Berlin Rd IL 62670

Legal: PT NE 1/4 11-16-8

Taxes $1,803.60

36.75 Acres

There 5 structures on this parcel.

1. Garage Building NorthEast - 36’ x 24’

2. Stable Building North - 50’ x 25’

3. Lean to North - 50’ x 15’

4. Garage Central - 24’ x 20’

5. Garage Central - 20’ x 20’


Parcel 2

Parcel #19-11.0-200-020

16481 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin IL

Legal: PT  SW 1/4 NE 1/4 LYING N OF & ADJ TO ROAD & E OF & ADJ TO W LINE SW 1/4 NE 1/4 11-15-8

Taxes $3,374.26

8.52 Acres

This is an early 1900s build home approximately 2800 ft.² there is a half basement on approximately 1800 ft.² in a crawlspace on approximately 1000 ft.² newer roof and facia work. Most of the windows have been updated. The utilities are amren for electricity and FS Jacksonville for propane. The house is on a septic. Garage is 20’ x 30’  there is a Generac 22kw generator and the home has central air and a small duct high velocity air system.  



Parcel #1 has incredible array of matures trees including:

Ginkgo, Pin Oak, Black Oak, White Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Bur Oak, Northern Red Oak, Southern Magnolia, American Beech, Cherry Plum, and Norway Maples .

Auction of Robert Brent Hitt Jr. Estate real and personal property.

 

This auction is provides a unique opportunity to share in the memories and treasures of six generations of the Brown and Hitt families beginning with the settlement of Colonel William

Brown, the great, great, great grandfather of Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.

 

Colonel William Brown, who served in the war of 1812, came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1834 with his son, Captain James N. Brown, and other members of the family, partly because of their growing opposition to slavery.  The Brown family acquired 3,000 acres of prairie in the Island Grove area and named the farm The Grove Park.

 

Island Grove Methodist Church, which was founded in 1823, lies across from The Grove Park.  The Church stands alone in the countryside and surrounded by a cemetery where many founding members are buried, including many members of the Brown and Hitt families.  

 

Several years after the Brown family acquired The Grove Park, it served as a watering spot and an encamptment site on the Potawatomi Trail of Death, the route traced by hundreds of Potawatomi Native Americans who underwent forced relocation from Indiana to Kansas during a drought in 1838.

 

Captain Brown was the first to recognize that the best way to get the most out of good grass and good corn without robbing the land of its fertility was to stock it with good cattle. He was one of three members of a central Illinois delegation that embarked on a stock-buying trip to England in the spring of 1857.  It was a harrowing trip and after losing only several cattle and a thoroughbred mare on a 60-day journey at sea, the cattle, Southdown and Cotswold sheep, and Berkshire pigs were the foundation to establish him as a successful breeder of these as well as high-bred horses.  The importation of the livestock added much to the well-earned prestige of Illinois as the leading American headquarters for pure bred horses, cattle, sheep and swine.

Captain Brown bred famous shorthorn cattle on a showplace farm that stretched across Sangamon and Morgan counties.

 

Captain Brown helped create the Republican Party in Illinois; was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1840, 1842, 1846, and 1852; was the second person named to the Illinois Farmers Hall of Fame; and introduced the bill that created the state Board of Agriculture.  As its first president he was responsible for organizing the Illinois State Fair.

 

Another noteworthy event occurred on the fourth day of July, 1861.  Captain James Brown, at his home 8 miles west of where Colonel Grant camped the night of July 3rd, was with friends celebrating the Fourth of July.    He sent his son, William Brown, out to meet Colonel Grant and invite him and the troops to come and enjoy the rest of the day with them.  By 10 o’clock, martial music was heard and soon the boys and Colonel Grant were at the homw of Captain Brown.  Captain Brown gave the soldiers the freedom of the place and they enjoyed eating cherries that were ripe and looking at the short horns in the cattle barns.  

When he departed this life, in 1868, he left behind not a run-down, worn-out, ready-to-be abandoned farm, but instead left 3,000 acres of blue grass pasture known as Grove Park, tenanted by well-bred animals, with every acre richer than when it came into his possession.

 

Captain Brown was buried wearing the honorary pallbearer’s sash he wore at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln.   

 

Much of The Grove Park has been sold over the years but the homestead has been managed to the best of each generation’s ability.  From Captain Brown, the property passed to his children which included a daughter, Mary Harriet.  Mary Harriet married Samuel W. Hitt and her interest in the property passed to their children including a son, James Brown HItt.  James married Gladys Sullivan and his interest passed to their children, including Robert Brent Hitt.  Robert married Charlotte Roche and his interest passed to his children, including our decedent, Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.     

 

Robert Brent Hitt, Jr. made it his life’s work to always leave any property he owned better than when he acquired it.  As you can see, with the man-made lake, lagoon with iron pedestrian bridge and the huge variety of trees planted on the property.  The highlight of the trees, however, is the 400 year old oak tree standing gloriously in front of the residence.

      Terms: $20,000 Earnest Money with remaining balance due to closing.

 If financing is required, please have preapproved, Sale of Property is not subject to financing

         No Buyer Contingencies


There is a 5% Buyers Premium on all Real Estate Bids   


DON'T FORGET TO UTILIZE THE "ASK THE AUCTIONEER" BUTTON IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.


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Contact: Kurt Aumann
Phone: 217-563-2523
Sale Location
16407 Old Jacksonville Rd.
New Berlin, IL 62670
Sale Dates and Times
Sale Terms and Conditions
PLEASE READ AND REVIEW THE REAL ESTATE TERMS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO BIDDING ON ANY PROPERTY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS DO NOT BID BY BIDDING ON THE PROPERTY, BUYER AGREES TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH AND ENTERS INTO A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS: UPON CONCLUSTION OF THE AUCTION: The Winning Bidder will be emailed a Real Estate Contract to print and required to fully and correctly complete and properly sign without any modifications and return the completed, signed contract to Aumann Auctions, Inc. by email, fax, certified mail or delivered in person by 4:00 PM of the day following the auction. Along with the completed, signed contract, the Winning Bidder will be required to send the specified non-refundable earnest money deposit as stated in the property description. This non-refundable earnest money deposit will be held in escrow until closing and that amount will then be credited to the Buyer as part of the purchase price of the property. Wire transfer instructions and escrow agreement forms will be provided to the Buyer along with the contract after the auction. Purchaser shall be responsible for all wire transfer fees. Successful bidder not executing and returning the completed contract and earnest money deposit by 4:00 PM the day after the auction will be considered in default. Such default by the Successful Bidder will result in that Bidder’s liability to both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. Seller shall have the right to (a) declare this contractual agreement cancelled and recover full damage for its breach, (b) to elect to affirm this contractual agreement and enforce its specific performance or (c) Seller can resell the property either publicly or privately with Aumann Auctions, Inc. and in such an event, the Buyer shall be liable for payment of any deficiency realized from the second sale plus all costs, including, but not limited to the holding costs of the property, the expenses of both sales, legal and incidental damages of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. In addition, Aumann Auctions, Inc. also reserves the right to recover any damages separately from the breach of the Buyer. Both the Successful Bidder and Seller shall indemnify Aumann Auctions, Inc. for and hold harmless Aumann Auctions, Inc. from any costs, losses, liabilities, or expenses, including attorney fees resulting from Aumann Auctions, Inc. being named as a party to any legal action resulting from either Bidders or Sellers failure to fulfill any obligations and undertakings as set forth in this contractual agreement. REAL ESTATE TERMS: • BUYER’S PREMIUM: A 5% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the winning bid to determine the total purchase price of the property. • DATE OF CLOSING: The closing will take place within 30 days from the date of the auction and as specified in the Contract for Sale of Real Estate. All taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. • NO CONTINGENCIES: This Real Estate contract is not contingent on or subject to Buyers financing, appraisal, survey or inspections of any kind or any other contingencies as agreed to by bidders at registration prior to bidding. • TITLE: Buyer is entitled to and the Seller will provide clear, insurable title for property upon full payment. • ZONING AND EASEMENTS: Property is being sold subject to any and all easements of record. Property is subject to all state and local zoning ordinances. • AERIAL PHOTOS, Images and Drawings: are for illustration purposes only and not surveyed boundary lines unless specified. • AGENCY: Aumann Auctions, Inc. is the Agent and Representative of the Seller. • CONDITION OF PROPERTY: Property is sold 'AS IS, WHERE IS' condition. Aumann Auctions, Inc, the Sellers nor their representatives, agents, or employees make express or implied warranties or representations of any kind. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries, and due diligence concerning the property prior to bidding on the subject property. All information presented in the brochure, website, and all other mediums is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. All sketches and dimensions are approximate. No liability for its accuracy, errors, or omissions is assumed by the Seller, Aumann Auctions, Inc. or their Agents or Representatives. Buyer and or Bidder agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Aumann Auctions, Inc. and their Agents and its Representatives from any and all claims, damages or suits including but not limited to awards, judgments, costs, fees, etc. • DISCLAIMER: All information included herein was derived from sources believed to be correct, but is not guaranteed. NEW DATA, CORRECTIONS, and CHANGES: Please check for updated information prior to scheduled auction time to inspect any changes, corrections, or additions to the property information. • DISPUTES: Any dispute between Aumann Auctions, Inc or the Sellers or their Agents or Representatives and the Buyer(s) will be (a) arbitrated in Montgomery County, IL or (b) tried in a court of jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Illinois at the discretion of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. BIDDING AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION BIDDER VERIFICATION: Bidding rights are provisional, and if identity verification is questionable, Aumann Auctions, Inc. has the right to reject the registration, and bidding activity will be terminated. The Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserve the right to preclude any person from bidding if there is any question as to the person's credentials, mental fitness, etc. Bidders agree to keep their username and password confidential as they are responsible for ANY and ALL activity involving their account. If the registered bidder's user name is offensive to Aumann Auctions, Inc. or in their sole opinion detrimental to Bidding Activity, then Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserves the right to delete the bidder from bidding or unilaterally change the username with notification to the Bidder. When using the web site you must obey any and all local state and federal laws. Violations will result in termination of web site use privileges. MAXIMUM BID: When you bid your maximum bid, the current bid price does not automatically advance to your maximum bid. Another bidder has to bid to increase the current price and the computer will automatically bid up to your maximum in the increments specified. AUCTION END TIMES: Aumann Auctions, Inc. online only auctions are timed events and all bidding will close at specified time. However, our auctions also have what is called an 'Auto Extend' feature. Any bid placed within the final 5 minutes of an auction results in the auction automatically extending 5 additional minutes. The bidding will extend in 5 minute increments from the time the last bid is placed until there are no more bids, and the lot sits idle for 5 minutes. Therefore, the auction will not close until all bidding parties are satisfied and no one can be outbid at the last seconds without having another opportunity to bid again. TECHNICAL ISSUES: In the event there are technical difficulties related to the server, software, internet or any other online auction-related technologies, Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserve the right to extend bidding, continue the bidding, or close the bidding. Neither the company providing the software, nor Aumann Auctions, Inc. shall be held responsible for a missed bid or the failure of the software to function properly for any reason. CONDUCT OF THE AUCTION: Conduct of the auction and increments of bidding are at the direction and discretion of Aumann Auctions, Inc. Aumann Auctions, Inc. reserves the right to reject any and all bids for any reason and also reserves the right to cancel this auction, or remove any item or lot from this auction prior to the close of bidding. All decisions of Aumann Auctions are final. YOUR BID ON THIS AUCTION INDICATES BOTH AN UNDERSTANDING AND AN ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THIS CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOURSELF AND BOTH THE SELLER AND AUMANN AUCTIONS, INC. AND THAT YOU, AS THE BIDDER, ARE PREPARED TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AUCTION.
Listing Details

 Important Inspection Date/Time: Dec 22nd from 10:00 AM - 5: 30 PM 



Parcel 1

Approx 37.5 - Large outbuilding - 2 garages - 1 Stable Building - 16203 OLD JACKSONVILLE RD NEW BERLIN, IL 62670

There will be easement access recorded on this parcel for the propane tank and well for parcel #2.

Parcel # 19-11.0-200-018

16203 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin, IL

Legal: PT Center PT NE 1/4

Taxes $1,118.58

.7 Acre

The structure on this parcel is a Morton Building measuring 100’ x 60’ with a center overhead door measuring 18’ W x 14’ T and 3 pedestrian entrances .  The apartment located in the middle of the interior is a one bedroom with a total sqft of 600+/-. 

Parcel #19-11.0-200-021

16407 Old Jacksonville Rd New Berlin Rd IL 62670

Legal: PT NE 1/4 11-16-8

Taxes $1,803.60

36.75 Acres

There 5 structures on this parcel.

1. Garage Building NorthEast - 36’ x 24’

2. Stable Building North - 50’ x 25’

3. Lean to North - 50’ x 15’

4. Garage Central - 24’ x 20’

5. Garage Central - 20’ x 20’


Parcel 2

Parcel #19-11.0-200-020

16481 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin IL

Legal: PT  SW 1/4 NE 1/4 LYING N OF & ADJ TO ROAD & E OF & ADJ TO W LINE SW 1/4 NE 1/4 11-15-8

Taxes $3,374.26

8.52 Acres

This is an early 1900s build home approximately 2800 ft.² there is a half basement on approximately 1800 ft.² in a crawlspace on approximately 1000 ft.² newer roof and facia work. Most of the windows have been updated. The utilities are amren for electricity and FS Jacksonville for propane. The house is on a septic. Garage is 20’ x 30’  there is a Generac 22kw generator and the home has central air and a small duct high velocity air system.  



Parcel #1 has incredible array of matures trees including:

Ginkgo, Pin Oak, Black Oak, White Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Bur Oak, Northern Red Oak, Southern Magnolia, American Beech, Cherry Plum, and Norway Maples .

Auction of Robert Brent Hitt Jr. Estate real and personal property.

 

This auction is provides a unique opportunity to share in the memories and treasures of six generations of the Brown and Hitt families beginning with the settlement of Colonel William

Brown, the great, great, great grandfather of Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.

 

Colonel William Brown, who served in the war of 1812, came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1834 with his son, Captain James N. Brown, and other members of the family, partly because of their growing opposition to slavery.  The Brown family acquired 3,000 acres of prairie in the Island Grove area and named the farm The Grove Park.

 

Island Grove Methodist Church, which was founded in 1823, lies across from The Grove Park.  The Church stands alone in the countryside and surrounded by a cemetery where many founding members are buried, including many members of the Brown and Hitt families.  

 

Several years after the Brown family acquired The Grove Park, it served as a watering spot and an encamptment site on the Potawatomi Trail of Death, the route traced by hundreds of Potawatomi Native Americans who underwent forced relocation from Indiana to Kansas during a drought in 1838.

 

Captain Brown was the first to recognize that the best way to get the most out of good grass and good corn without robbing the land of its fertility was to stock it with good cattle. He was one of three members of a central Illinois delegation that embarked on a stock-buying trip to England in the spring of 1857.  It was a harrowing trip and after losing only several cattle and a thoroughbred mare on a 60-day journey at sea, the cattle, Southdown and Cotswold sheep, and Berkshire pigs were the foundation to establish him as a successful breeder of these as well as high-bred horses.  The importation of the livestock added much to the well-earned prestige of Illinois as the leading American headquarters for pure bred horses, cattle, sheep and swine.

Captain Brown bred famous shorthorn cattle on a showplace farm that stretched across Sangamon and Morgan counties.

 

Captain Brown helped create the Republican Party in Illinois; was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1840, 1842, 1846, and 1852; was the second person named to the Illinois Farmers Hall of Fame; and introduced the bill that created the state Board of Agriculture.  As its first president he was responsible for organizing the Illinois State Fair.

 

Another noteworthy event occurred on the fourth day of July, 1861.  Captain James Brown, at his home 8 miles west of where Colonel Grant camped the night of July 3rd, was with friends celebrating the Fourth of July.    He sent his son, William Brown, out to meet Colonel Grant and invite him and the troops to come and enjoy the rest of the day with them.  By 10 o’clock, martial music was heard and soon the boys and Colonel Grant were at the homw of Captain Brown.  Captain Brown gave the soldiers the freedom of the place and they enjoyed eating cherries that were ripe and looking at the short horns in the cattle barns.  

When he departed this life, in 1868, he left behind not a run-down, worn-out, ready-to-be abandoned farm, but instead left 3,000 acres of blue grass pasture known as Grove Park, tenanted by well-bred animals, with every acre richer than when it came into his possession.

 

Captain Brown was buried wearing the honorary pallbearer’s sash he wore at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln.   

 

Much of The Grove Park has been sold over the years but the homestead has been managed to the best of each generation’s ability.  From Captain Brown, the property passed to his children which included a daughter, Mary Harriet.  Mary Harriet married Samuel W. Hitt and her interest in the property passed to their children including a son, James Brown HItt.  James married Gladys Sullivan and his interest passed to their children, including Robert Brent Hitt.  Robert married Charlotte Roche and his interest passed to his children, including our decedent, Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.     

 

Robert Brent Hitt, Jr. made it his life’s work to always leave any property he owned better than when he acquired it.  As you can see, with the man-made lake, lagoon with iron pedestrian bridge and the huge variety of trees planted on the property.  The highlight of the trees, however, is the 400 year old oak tree standing gloriously in front of the residence.

      Terms: $20,000 Earnest Money with remaining balance due to closing.

 If financing is required, please have preapproved, Sale of Property is not subject to financing

         No Buyer Contingencies


There is a 5% Buyers Premium on all Real Estate Bids   


DON'T FORGET TO UTILIZE THE "ASK THE AUCTIONEER" BUTTON IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.


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Selling ABSOLUTE WITHOUT RESERVE - Historical Homestead on Old Jacksonville Rd - Ultimate Choice Auction
 Online Only Auction
Sale Date(s)
Bidding Starts: Wednesday Nov 30 , 12:00 AM
Bidding Ends: Wednesday Dec 28 ,
Sale Location

New Berlin, IL 62670
Listing Terms and Conditions
PLEASE READ AND REVIEW THE REAL ESTATE TERMS THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO BIDDING ON ANY PROPERTY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE TERMS DO NOT BID BY BIDDING ON THE PROPERTY, BUYER AGREES TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH AND ENTERS INTO A CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY UNDER THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS: UPON CONCLUSTION OF THE AUCTION: The Winning Bidder will be emailed a Real Estate Contract to print and required to fully and correctly complete and properly sign without any modifications and return the completed, signed contract to Aumann Auctions, Inc. by email, fax, certified mail or delivered in person by 4:00 PM of the day following the auction. Along with the completed, signed contract, the Winning Bidder will be required to send the specified non-refundable earnest money deposit as stated in the property description. This non-refundable earnest money deposit will be held in escrow until closing and that amount will then be credited to the Buyer as part of the purchase price of the property. Wire transfer instructions and escrow agreement forms will be provided to the Buyer along with the contract after the auction. Purchaser shall be responsible for all wire transfer fees. Successful bidder not executing and returning the completed contract and earnest money deposit by 4:00 PM the day after the auction will be considered in default. Such default by the Successful Bidder will result in that Bidder’s liability to both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. Seller shall have the right to (a) declare this contractual agreement cancelled and recover full damage for its breach, (b) to elect to affirm this contractual agreement and enforce its specific performance or (c) Seller can resell the property either publicly or privately with Aumann Auctions, Inc. and in such an event, the Buyer shall be liable for payment of any deficiency realized from the second sale plus all costs, including, but not limited to the holding costs of the property, the expenses of both sales, legal and incidental damages of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. In addition, Aumann Auctions, Inc. also reserves the right to recover any damages separately from the breach of the Buyer. Both the Successful Bidder and Seller shall indemnify Aumann Auctions, Inc. for and hold harmless Aumann Auctions, Inc. from any costs, losses, liabilities, or expenses, including attorney fees resulting from Aumann Auctions, Inc. being named as a party to any legal action resulting from either Bidders or Sellers failure to fulfill any obligations and undertakings as set forth in this contractual agreement. REAL ESTATE TERMS: • BUYER’S PREMIUM: A 5% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the winning bid to determine the total purchase price of the property. • DATE OF CLOSING: The closing will take place within 30 days from the date of the auction and as specified in the Contract for Sale of Real Estate. All taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. • NO CONTINGENCIES: This Real Estate contract is not contingent on or subject to Buyers financing, appraisal, survey or inspections of any kind or any other contingencies as agreed to by bidders at registration prior to bidding. • TITLE: Buyer is entitled to and the Seller will provide clear, insurable title for property upon full payment. • ZONING AND EASEMENTS: Property is being sold subject to any and all easements of record. Property is subject to all state and local zoning ordinances. • AERIAL PHOTOS, Images and Drawings: are for illustration purposes only and not surveyed boundary lines unless specified. • AGENCY: Aumann Auctions, Inc. is the Agent and Representative of the Seller. • CONDITION OF PROPERTY: Property is sold 'AS IS, WHERE IS' condition. Aumann Auctions, Inc, the Sellers nor their representatives, agents, or employees make express or implied warranties or representations of any kind. 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NEW DATA, CORRECTIONS, and CHANGES: Please check for updated information prior to scheduled auction time to inspect any changes, corrections, or additions to the property information. • DISPUTES: Any dispute between Aumann Auctions, Inc or the Sellers or their Agents or Representatives and the Buyer(s) will be (a) arbitrated in Montgomery County, IL or (b) tried in a court of jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Illinois at the discretion of both the Seller and Aumann Auctions, Inc. BIDDING AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION BIDDER VERIFICATION: Bidding rights are provisional, and if identity verification is questionable, Aumann Auctions, Inc. has the right to reject the registration, and bidding activity will be terminated. 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 Important Inspection Date/Time: Dec 22nd from 10:00 AM - 5: 30 PM 



Parcel 1

Approx 37.5 - Large outbuilding - 2 garages - 1 Stable Building - 16203 OLD JACKSONVILLE RD NEW BERLIN, IL 62670

There will be easement access recorded on this parcel for the propane tank and well for parcel #2.

Parcel # 19-11.0-200-018

16203 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin, IL

Legal: PT Center PT NE 1/4

Taxes $1,118.58

.7 Acre

The structure on this parcel is a Morton Building measuring 100’ x 60’ with a center overhead door measuring 18’ W x 14’ T and 3 pedestrian entrances .  The apartment located in the middle of the interior is a one bedroom with a total sqft of 600+/-. 

Parcel #19-11.0-200-021

16407 Old Jacksonville Rd New Berlin Rd IL 62670

Legal: PT NE 1/4 11-16-8

Taxes $1,803.60

36.75 Acres

There 5 structures on this parcel.

1. Garage Building NorthEast - 36’ x 24’

2. Stable Building North - 50’ x 25’

3. Lean to North - 50’ x 15’

4. Garage Central - 24’ x 20’

5. Garage Central - 20’ x 20’


Parcel 2

Parcel #19-11.0-200-020

16481 Old Jacksonville Rd. New Berlin IL

Legal: PT  SW 1/4 NE 1/4 LYING N OF & ADJ TO ROAD & E OF & ADJ TO W LINE SW 1/4 NE 1/4 11-15-8

Taxes $3,374.26

8.52 Acres

This is an early 1900s build home approximately 2800 ft.² there is a half basement on approximately 1800 ft.² in a crawlspace on approximately 1000 ft.² newer roof and facia work. Most of the windows have been updated. The utilities are amren for electricity and FS Jacksonville for propane. The house is on a septic. Garage is 20’ x 30’  there is a Generac 22kw generator and the home has central air and a small duct high velocity air system.  



Parcel #1 has incredible array of matures trees including:

Ginkgo, Pin Oak, Black Oak, White Oak, Shagbark Hickory, Bur Oak, Northern Red Oak, Southern Magnolia, American Beech, Cherry Plum, and Norway Maples .

Auction of Robert Brent Hitt Jr. Estate real and personal property.

 

This auction is provides a unique opportunity to share in the memories and treasures of six generations of the Brown and Hitt families beginning with the settlement of Colonel William

Brown, the great, great, great grandfather of Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.

 

Colonel William Brown, who served in the war of 1812, came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1834 with his son, Captain James N. Brown, and other members of the family, partly because of their growing opposition to slavery.  The Brown family acquired 3,000 acres of prairie in the Island Grove area and named the farm The Grove Park.

 

Island Grove Methodist Church, which was founded in 1823, lies across from The Grove Park.  The Church stands alone in the countryside and surrounded by a cemetery where many founding members are buried, including many members of the Brown and Hitt families.  

 

Several years after the Brown family acquired The Grove Park, it served as a watering spot and an encamptment site on the Potawatomi Trail of Death, the route traced by hundreds of Potawatomi Native Americans who underwent forced relocation from Indiana to Kansas during a drought in 1838.

 

Captain Brown was the first to recognize that the best way to get the most out of good grass and good corn without robbing the land of its fertility was to stock it with good cattle. He was one of three members of a central Illinois delegation that embarked on a stock-buying trip to England in the spring of 1857.  It was a harrowing trip and after losing only several cattle and a thoroughbred mare on a 60-day journey at sea, the cattle, Southdown and Cotswold sheep, and Berkshire pigs were the foundation to establish him as a successful breeder of these as well as high-bred horses.  The importation of the livestock added much to the well-earned prestige of Illinois as the leading American headquarters for pure bred horses, cattle, sheep and swine.

Captain Brown bred famous shorthorn cattle on a showplace farm that stretched across Sangamon and Morgan counties.

 

Captain Brown helped create the Republican Party in Illinois; was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1840, 1842, 1846, and 1852; was the second person named to the Illinois Farmers Hall of Fame; and introduced the bill that created the state Board of Agriculture.  As its first president he was responsible for organizing the Illinois State Fair.

 

Another noteworthy event occurred on the fourth day of July, 1861.  Captain James Brown, at his home 8 miles west of where Colonel Grant camped the night of July 3rd, was with friends celebrating the Fourth of July.    He sent his son, William Brown, out to meet Colonel Grant and invite him and the troops to come and enjoy the rest of the day with them.  By 10 o’clock, martial music was heard and soon the boys and Colonel Grant were at the homw of Captain Brown.  Captain Brown gave the soldiers the freedom of the place and they enjoyed eating cherries that were ripe and looking at the short horns in the cattle barns.  

When he departed this life, in 1868, he left behind not a run-down, worn-out, ready-to-be abandoned farm, but instead left 3,000 acres of blue grass pasture known as Grove Park, tenanted by well-bred animals, with every acre richer than when it came into his possession.

 

Captain Brown was buried wearing the honorary pallbearer’s sash he wore at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln.   

 

Much of The Grove Park has been sold over the years but the homestead has been managed to the best of each generation’s ability.  From Captain Brown, the property passed to his children which included a daughter, Mary Harriet.  Mary Harriet married Samuel W. Hitt and her interest in the property passed to their children including a son, James Brown HItt.  James married Gladys Sullivan and his interest passed to their children, including Robert Brent Hitt.  Robert married Charlotte Roche and his interest passed to his children, including our decedent, Robert Brent Hitt, Jr.     

 

Robert Brent Hitt, Jr. made it his life’s work to always leave any property he owned better than when he acquired it.  As you can see, with the man-made lake, lagoon with iron pedestrian bridge and the huge variety of trees planted on the property.  The highlight of the trees, however, is the 400 year old oak tree standing gloriously in front of the residence.

      Terms: $20,000 Earnest Money with remaining balance due to closing.

 If financing is required, please have preapproved, Sale of Property is not subject to financing

         No Buyer Contingencies


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