Schatzke Farms of Wheatland, N.D. has seen tremendous change over its 135 years of operation.
Pictured: Jason & Tanya Schatzke. Photo by Mike Spieker.
By Mike Spieker
In 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state in the union when President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill that brought the upper half of the Dakota Territory into statehood. Eight years before that, Schatzke Farms was founded when Johan (pronounced John) Schatzke packed up and set sail across the Atlantic Ocean from his native Germany. He trekked across the east coast and the great plains before settling south of the brand new town of Wheatland, which lies on the western edge of the Red River Valley of North Dakota – about 30 miles west of Fargo.