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Pittsville farm celebrates 100-year anniversary

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A Pittsville farm is celebrating a major milestone, the farm has been owned by the same family for 100 years.

The Behselich Farm in Pittsville looks a bit different than it did a century ago.

"Each generation has done certain things to improve and expand the farm," said Paul Behselich, Farm Co-owner.

The family purchased the farm in 1913.

George Behselich said at that time, farming wasn't as advanced.

"It was a lot of hard work and hand work," said George Behselich, Paul's father.

After several generations, the family farming tradition continues.

"It went from dairy cattle, to hogs, to hogs and beef, to more corn, more soybeans, and finally hogs and chickens now," said Dennis Behselich, Paul's brother.

Paul Behselich said the farm's rich history led to this unique 100-year celebration, drawing more than 400 family members for a reunion.

"There's not too many farms left in this area, probably in the state, that have been in the family a hundred years," said Paul Behselich.

But Behselich said it hasn't always been easy, especially when tough times hit America's farming  communities.

"I can remember growing up as a child in the early 60's, milk prices were very low, I can remember my parents had a rough time making ends meet," said Paul Behselich.

"Lack of water, lack of money, and a lot of hardships, but we all survived," said George Behselich.

The farm's 100-year anniversary is a special time for the Behselichs.

"The thing is, here, the name has never changed," said George Behselich.

It's been quite the party in the making. The family has been working on the celebration for about 5 years. 

"We did the stone wall for the barn driveway, other years we repainted the grain bins," said Paul Behselich.

Now, the younger generations are learning about the farm's past, as one day, the farm might be theirs.

"Just having everyone appreciate what the farm means to our family and that we want to take care of it," said Kate Behselich, Paul's daughter.

"I didn't think we'd ever live long enough to see this," said George Behselich.

Family member said they plan on preserving the farm's history.

The farm has a website with more information and photos: http://www.behselich100years.com/

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