Verhoffs Celebrate Family, Farm
Fred and Alvera Verhoff married in 1951, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in 2011. Their milestone event was marked with a special party hosted by their family.
With the family’s Putnam County farm just reaching its 100-year anniversary that same year, their children – Gene Verhoff; Doris & Mike Tobe; Pat & Val Verhoff; Clarence & Jacki Verhoff; Greg & Cathy Verhoff; and Oran and Kelly Verhoff – decided to make a surprise Ohio Century Farm registration part of the festivities.
Founder William Verhoff, Fred’s grandfather, started the farm in 1911 by purchasing 120 acres in Greensburg Township. A dairy operation, hogs, and chickens kept everyone busy on the farm, along with growing corn, beans, wheat, oats, and hay. In 1922, Fred’s father, also named Fred, acquired the farm. Fred and Alvera took ownership in 1981. The family’s hard work and dedication paid off, with Fred and Alvera receiving several county dairy awards over time.
Many of the farm’s early structures survive, including the house, barn, corn crib and covered water tank. The original post office from Cuba, Ohio – located two miles from the farm – was repurposed as the family’s summer kitchen.
The family is active both on and off the farm. Fred is a World War II veteran and a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a township trustee for 28 years, and also served on the State Highway Patrol Auxiliary.