Aerial view, Carver

Aerial view, Carver

Aerial View of Carver, 1969

Woods, one-half mile southeast of Norwood

Woods, one-half mile southeast of Norwood

Woods in Carver County, c.1915

Carver County

Carver County, founded in 1855, is home to the Minnesota and Crow Rivers, along with 125 lakes. Located southwest of the Twin Cities, it is part of the seven-county metro area.

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground

Image depicting the 1876 Chaska brick Wendelin and Julianna Grimm house, showing 1924 Grimm alfalfa marker in foreground, 2004.

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen.  Circa 1902-1910.

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen

A.B. Lyman transports Grimm alfalfa seeds from his farm, Alfalfadale, near Chanhassen, c.1902–1910.

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm  is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa. Circa 1870.

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa

Wendelin and Julianna Grimm. Mr. Grimm is the originator of Grimm's Alfalfa, c.1870.

Grimm, Wendelin (1818–1890) and "Grimm Alfalfa"

Wendelin Grimm was born October 18, 1818 in Kulsheim, Baden, Germany, to Valentine and Marie (Adelmann) Grimm. He grew up in a farm rich area of southern Germany, learning important crops and farming practices. In 1845, Grimm married Julianna Segner (born June 15, 1821) of Steinback, Baden, Germany. The Grimms chances to own a farm were limited by the land inheritance practices of the time. Farming and crop prices were under pressure, and their future in Germany looked grim. With a growing family to support, sons Frank and Joseph and daughter Ottilia, Wendelin and Julianna looked to America for their family's future.

Northern Pacific Railroad' s colonists reception house, Glyndon.

Northern Pacific Railroad' s colonists reception house, Glyndon.

Northern Pacific Railroad's colonist's reception house, Glyndon, Minnesota, 1876.

The Yeovil Colony

In 1873, George Rodgers led immigrants from southwest England to establish the Yeovil Colony in the Red River Valley on land purchased from the Northern Pacific Railroad. Despite high hopes, the settlement of New Yeovil crumbled soon after it began.

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