homepage logo

Farming is the Scherb’s family business

By Staff | Jun 22, 2014

Glenn “Benny” Scherb lives with his wife, Cindy, in the farmhouse just north of Kiester that his grandfather built in 1906.

In fact, Glenn has spent just three of his 65 years not living on the his family’s home farm place.

Although, for quite a few of those years, he was not living in the main house where he lives now.

Here is his story.

Glenn’s grandfather, John L. Scherb, came to Faribault County from the Bear Lake area of Albert Lea.

John Scherb was one of 10 children in the family, and all but one brother moved away from Albert Lea.

That brother, Barney, stayed behind to take over the family farm there.

John Scherb and his wife, Margaret, had five children; two boys and three girls.

“My father, Ludwig, was the oldest of the five,” Glenn recalls. “He stuck around and eventually took over the farm from my grandfather.”

Ludwig, and his wife, Leona, had four children. One, a girl died in infancy.

“I’m the youngest of the family,” Glenn says. “I have a brother and a sister.”

And, those two siblings still have an interest in the farm place, with Glenn and Cindy.

Maurice Scherb and his wife, Kay, live in Spencer, Iowa. Jan and her husband Connie Engebretson, live in Kiester.

“We bought the farm house and some of the land from them,” Glenn says. “But we are partners in the some of the rest of the farm.”

That is why the farm is being called the Scherb Family farm. It will be honored next month as one of Faribault County’s six century farms.

Glenn’s father, Ludwig, passed away in 1981 and Glenn started taking over the farm, although he had been farming there all his life.

In 1985 Glenn and Cindy were married, having been introduced by mutual friends.

“I’m from Sioux City, Iowa,” Cindy Scherb says. “I was going to the University of Minnesota to get my master’s degree in nursing when we met.”

She went on to receive her PHD degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and has been teaching as a professor at Winona State University’s