A family tradition
They refer to it as the “Other Place”?but it is the one that has been in the family for 100 years.
In fact, the Sasse/Christianson family farm is being honored by the Farm Bureau of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Farm as a Century Farm.
Steve and Patty Christianson of Blue Earth are the current owners of the Other Place and are excited to be recognized as one of the four Century Farms in Faribault County this year.
“It’s something you don’t see everyday, a farm that stays in the family for 100 years,”?Steve says.
Edwin and Emma Sasse, Steve’s grandparents, bought the farm in 1915. Joe and Hattie Sasse, Edwin’s brother, was also part owner at the time of purchase.
“My grandfather and his brother bought the farm from a man named Christian J. Webber,”?Steve explains.
Joe and Hattie lived on the farm and raised 10 children there. However, after 17 years of co-ownership between brothers, Edwin bought his brother out.
Edwin and Emma Sasse remained owners of the farm for 40 more years after buying Joe Sasse out.
“My mother Phyllis Christianson was then given the farm in pieces,”?Steve explains. Steve adds that his parents were married in 1941 and moved onto the farmsite then.
“The last 40 acres were given to my mother in 1972,” Steve says.
His mother, Phyllis, was owner of the farm for 37 years until she passed away.
“My mother passed away last October and that’s when we inherited the farm,”?Steve says.
Steve and his wife Patty think his mother would have really enjoyed seeing the farm being recognized.
“She just missed it by a year,”?Patty says. “That was really too bad she couldn’t see the farm become a century farm.”
However, Steve and his wife were given the building site in 1977.
“We built a house out there and it is still there,”?he adds.
Steve and Patty continue to live at the building site, however, they do not actually farm.
“I’ve never farmed it,”?he adds.
His grandfather farmed it, then his uncle farmed it for many years. Then other individuals who farmed it include Henry Mertens, Kevin Kaiser and now Chad Quarry.
But, it was when his grandfather was farming that the Sasse/Christianson farm got the name the “Other Place.”
“My grandfather was farming other pieces of land and he referred to this site as the other place he farmed,”?Steve explains. “The name just stuck and we still call it the Other Place.”
In fact, the farm located in Barber township consisting of 160 acres, even has a sign stating this name.
“We do have a sign that says ‘Other Place,'” Steve says. “And when we receive our Century Farm sign, that will be added, too.”
However, last summer the “Other Place”?sign took a beating during one of the major storms that blew through Faribault County.
So Steve plans to fix it up just in time to replace it, along with the new Century Farm sign.
The Other Place was handed down from Steve’s grandfather. However, it was his grandfather who also bought two other farms at the time.
“He bought three farms so he could pass one down to each of his three children,”?Steve adds.
His grandfather is the reason they were able to live on the Other Place, which is exactly why Steve wanted to register it as a Century Farm.
“I did this just to honor him my grandfather,”?Steve says.
As for the future of the farm, the Christiansons hope to keep the Century Farm in the family.
They have two sons and four grandchildren who love to visit the farm. Steve adds that his sons would love to live on the farm but their jobs are located outside of the area.
“Who knows, maybe someday,”?Steve adds.