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85th Birthday-Strohbehn

September 5, 2014
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Fred’s grandfather was Fritz Strohbehn. He moved to Reinbeck the same year that the town of Reinbeck was started in 1876. Fritz purchased and owned about 2,500 acres of farmland near Reinbeck and about 1,000 acres near Wagner, South Dakota. This land was divided up among their 10 children. Fred was born Sept. 14, 1929 and grew up and lived on a farm three miles northwest of Reinbeck, (one mile north of Oak Leaf Golf Course along highway T-55 or the Dike road since 1937). He graduated from Reinbeck High School in 1947, and studied agriculture at Iowa State University at Ames for three years and started farming with his father in 1950. Fred and his father, John, specialized in buying cattle and pigs and marketing them at Iowa packing or slaughter plants or the Chicago Stock Yards. They grew mostly corn, oats, pasture or hay and later soybeans. Fred married Ruth Helen Nordskog on Dec. 27, 1956. They spent their life on the Strohbehn farm and were both active members of the Congregational United Church of Christ. Fred was active in the Farm Bureau and Iowa and National Cattlemen’s Association. He had a keen interest in local and family history. He helped build a new Grundy County Museum at Morrison in 1999 and published a history book in 2006, named “From the Tall Grass Prairie to Hugh Grain Fields.” Fred was also involved in the Self Help Mission in Waverly. Today there is a Fred Strohbehn Learning Center for advancement of agriculture to meet the needs of the people. Fred & Ruth raised three sons, Philip, Karl and Paul. Philip lives in Webster City. Paul and Karl both live near Reinbeck. Grandson Nicholas and his family plan to move into the 1937 house that Fred now lives in and Fred is moving into the farm office, which will be converted into living quarters. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box D, Reinbeck, IA. 50669.

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