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Monday, November 5, 2007

The farm grandpa built

In the 1950's and early 60's DFIL built this farm. The barn and out buildings he built single handed. The house I'm not sure. I know he did a lot of it. Poured his own cinder block for the basement, framed the house ,and put in the woodwork. Not sure if he laid the brick or plastered though. The white rail fence was one of the last things he built before he died 20+ years ago. I rode along in the truck to get the wood from his own grove and take it to the mill to be cut for the fence.
Grandpa's whole life was a prayer. He was always slow to criticize and quick to encourage .He worked selflessly always to provide for his family. Even after his four children married he gave them a side of beef every six months. Maple syrup in the spring. Sweet corn in the summer. Pumpkins, bushels of apples, and jugs of apple cider in the fall.
Ninety two year old DMIL is very ill and I have a feeling the old place won't be in the family long. None of the children or grandchildren are interested in farming. I hope who ever buys it will keep it up. But the house is small by today's standards in the US. Someone is likely to tear it down and build a McMansion.


Vicky aka stichr said...

I hope too that it's not torn down.

paula, the quilter said...

That is exactly what happened to my FIL's farm. It was subdivided and a lot of Prairie Palaces were built on the old dairy farm.