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Legacy of the Family Farm and The Barn

guess Yagotta do what ya gotta do, . I would advertise the barn on Craigs list ...Lot of folks would jump on it. This was to be response but I felt it more appropriate to appear here, It is not Meant to Cause any guilt OK ... I do not know the barns Location or history But can Only Surmise of the Barns I know but can No longer visit Because They simply are no longer in EXistence .. this is my Sentimental vent ..T he world has definatly changed more in 100 yrs than it has in the last 500... just imagine the values and reasons Why the need tobuild such a barn, think of All the willing hands and Expertise that went into this Structure, And realize that many of the timbers (Which No doubt were growingwhen George Washington was a Young Man )that were cut And stackwed for the barn culminated a 3 year or more search, Cut, Drag to mill, SAWYER time, Stack ed CORRECTLY, Restacked on Wagon and team freighting many loads to site, Laid Out Cutin mortised Set in for a week or more, Then The Big day of Timber setting, Neighbors, farmers Old hand Carpenter experts and teams, Brought All they could Imagine they would need to Set the structure, In ONE DAY, .. followed By weeks of Rafter and Roofing, wood shingle cutting,, Siding and Doors. The tongue and Groove loft area for holding Wheat .The manger, the Milk Parlor .The whole course of time may have taken 5 yrs. tocomplete ..And no one ever considered changing their mind and Saying, Never Mind, I decided not to build, because It will be too much of a effort ..And We havent Even conidered the Years of Productive Use Storing the annual crops, Butchering Days, threshingand corn shredding topping the loft with much needed fodder to make it thru to spring after a dry year. spring Basketball played in the loft when nearly all had been fed out, New Birthes from fillies to piggys, All recorded on the Calendar on the milk house walland torn off and carried to the farm house for permanent record keeping each month .. Old Life giving in to New Life. The Changing of Hands And Ag enterprise, The Storms requiring Loving Repairs, The OLD BARN sported magazine covers describing prosperity, innovation, impending doom with changing times, Stability and plain old Nostalgia. it had The 1st Lite Plant in These parts, The 1st tractor and the Last Horse, The Old barn Witnessed the last thresher being pulled outside to make room for the new Combine. Its Milk Parlor was a sure fire time to Catch the owner without appointment, By seed and fertilizer salesman And Precinct committeemen Knowin they found the best Candidate to be the next County Commissioner .and Witnessed more discussions than the parlor in the FARMHOUSE. The Barn saw The last of a Thousand hoggs, the closing down of the Dairy giving way to beef cattle, And then Finally the last Cows leaving the farm, after the land developer has snookwered the nephew into selling the Barn and all the Land. And Now It will be a host subprime morgaged housing .. America Will have to have a miracle bestowed upon it to develope that kind of People with Loving Values, Stamina and Enterprising Hard working Spirit, Whose Best pay was not the Almighty DOLLAR, But The best Pay Was the Confident self Reliance that was developed in these Barns, And the joy of Shaking Hands With your Neighbor In Thanks for a Job well done, More often than Not The Pay WAS 'I will Come help You Next Week at your place Joe '...

J Heitkemper , in, entered 2010-01-23
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