A celebration a century in the making
In 1915, Harvey Klever’s German immigrant grandfather Harry B. Klever bought a 200-acre farm west of Henning and raised his family as well as fields of oats and wheat.
In 1935, the farm passed to his son, Harry R. Klever, and then to his grandson, Harvey Clever, who bought it in 1975. Along the way, it followed the common farm story. Tractors replaced horses and milking machines replaced hand milking. Harvey’s dad just shook his head at the modern milkers and wouldn’t use them. Metal storage bins rose instead of wooden granaries. At its peak, the family milked 65 cows.
On March 15, the farm became a Century Farm, recognized by the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the State Fair Board as a farm bigger than 50 acres that has been continuously farmed by one family for at least 100 years. Since the program started in 1976, nearly 10,000 farms have been designated as Century Farms. Of those, 272 are in Otter Tail County, including three in Henning.
The original house on the Klever farm is not only still standing, but has been renovated and remodeled, and is where Harvey and Kathy Klever raised their two children. read entire story. . . .