Ron Claussen's grandfather, John Ehlers, bought their rural Bettendorf family farm in December of 1912 on the steps of the Scott County Courthouse.
As near as Claussen can tell, the 100 acres that is now a Century Farm was auctioned for $150 per acre to settle a disagreement between two brothers.
The farm passed from Ehlers to his daughter and son-in-law, Elmer F. "Pat" and Dorothy Ehlers Claussen, and then to Ron. Although Ron still farms in addition to being a federal crop insurance adjustor, most of the day-to-day work is now done by his and wife Debbie's twin sons, Ross and Ryan, 32, who intend to make farming their life's work.
The Claussens raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa for hay and Simmental and red Angus cattle primarily for purebred seed stock, although some are sold as feeder cattle for market.
Among the old buildings remaining on the farm are a barn and a former smokehouse used for storage, Claussen said.