Surrounded by friends and relatives from throughout North Dakota, Ted Hochhalter celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday at Legacy Place.
Born Feb. 7, 1913 on a farm south of New Leipzig, Hochhalter farmed all of his life, said his son, Harvey Hochhalter.
Ted’s mind is sharp as a tack, but said it is hard for him to hear.
Harvey said his father spent a short time working with apples in Yakima, Wash., then returned to farm in North Dakota.
“He rented the land for a couple of years, then bought the farm about 18 miles south of New Leipzig,” Harvey said. “I was born in Yakima, but I didn’t live there very long.”
Ted retired from farming in 1979, and moved to Lemmon, S.D. “My mother died in 1993, and dad lived alone until December of 2009 when he moved here (to Legacy Place),” Harvey said.
Harvey lives in a Legacy Place twin home. He moved to Valley City in 1973, working for what is now the Wells Fargo bank.
Harvey said he is his father’s sole surviving child.
“I had a younger brother, but he passed away in 1995,” Harvey said.