Rural Comfrey farm in Kleinow family for 122 years
The Watonwan River flows through a portion of the property.
COMFREY — Henrich “Henry” Kleinow was born in Steffenshagen, Mecklenburg, Germany, and, like many other young men in his homeland, was lured to the United States by the prospect of land and the ability to farm.
Kleinow found that land in northeastern Cottonwood County, purchasing a 120-acre parcel southwest of Comfrey in Section 17 of Selma Township. The Watonwan River flows through a portion of the property.
On Feb. 10, 1900, Kleinow purchased the property from August Klein. A barn was built that first year.
Henry remained the farm’s owner until 1944, when it was taken over by his son, Walter Kleinow. Three years later, in 1947, the land transitioned to another of Henry’s sons, Albert. Albert Kleinow was the farm’s owner until 1967, when it then transferred to his son, Raymond Kleinow.
Raymond Kleinow, who resides in Burnsville, said the farm now produces corn and soybeans.