Four generations of Clefisch family on Century Farm

Members of the Clefisch family with ties to their Century Farm are: from left, on the hood, Sage and Braeden Plagge, Katelynn and Makenzie Clefisch; standing, from left, Mike, Nichole and Chayse Plagge, Carolyn and Dick Clefisch, Judy and Steve Clefisch, Travis Clefisch and Lynn Hall and Sally (the dog). (Photo submitted)


The Clefisch family farm in rural Clayton County was recognized as a Century Farm this year at the Iowa State Fair. Three generations of the family attended the award ceremony in August. 

The farm is located at 28546 Kennedy Road, near Garber. The house and buildings are nestled in the valley near Cedar Creek. William Clefisch purchased the farm on Feb. 12, 1913. Over the next one hundred years the farm was sold to a son in each generation: William to son Virgil, Virgil to son Richard, and Richard to son Steven. 

Over the years the farm has had milk cows, beef cows and pigs. The farm's crops have been corn, hay, and oats. Allis Chalmers has been the tractor of choice. 

The farm has been a treasure for the Clefisch family for a hundred years and hopefully will continue to be one for many years to come.

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