Generations Strong on the Grove Farm
The Grove family farm heritage started in 1913, when Hershel Grove purchased 20 acres of farmland in Auglaize Township, Paulding County. He soon started construction on a barn to suit his farming needs. Before he could finish the structure, however, the existing home was destroyed by fire.
Concentrating on a place for his growing family, Hershel built a small garage to be used as a residence until their new home could be completed. Hershel’s son Ansel was born June 30, 1917, and the new home was ready for the family in the fall of that year.
Ansel and his father milked Holstein cows, and raised horses, hogs and chickens. Ansel also drove a school bus for the Oakwood and Paulding schools for more than 30 years, and served as an Auglaize Township Trustee for many years. He continued his dairy until the 1970s, and then retired from crop farming in the 1980s.
Ansel lived in the family home from his birth until 1990, when his daughter Jennifer and her husband Mel White purchased the home and farm. Today the Grove farm is 50 acres, used to grow beans, wheat and corn.