Still in the family
Three generations later, Ken and Karen Tervola of New York Mills are officially members of the century farm club. Farms that qualify for the honor have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and have at least 50 acres.
The Tervolas will be recognized for keeping the farm in the family for 118 years at a ceremony at the East Otter Tail County Fair on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. They are one of two area families that will be recognized this year.
The 120-acre farm off of County Road 142 was there long before the road. The first from the Hill-Tervola family tree to own the farm was Oscar and Emma Hill, two generations above Ken. Both Oscar and Emma were born in Finland, moving to America as children. Oscar’s family “Americanized” their last name upon arrival from Mantymaki to Hill, as the Finnish word for “hill” is “maki.” read entire story. . . .