Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Barn and Silo on SS, Barron County

Silo on SS, north of Cameron

I've always wanted to get a photo of this silo, because of its wood shake shingle roof - or what's left of it. It's very unusual, probably constructed nearly a hundred years ago. As you can see, it has a stone foundation.

Barn/Shed/Granary ?
Or maybe I should use the more generic term, 'outbuilding'
On that same property

Nearby is this building. I don't know why it has such an odd roof line. Kevin thinks it's so that they could put a door on this (east) side. 

So then why didn't they just build the sidewalls higher in the first place? 

Who knows. Money? 

Frugality was much more common in that generation. 

Can't you hear Grandpa Walton saying, 'Why spend money you don't have, to buy something you don't need?!'   



That was the generation that lived through the WWI, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, The Stock Market Crash of 1929, The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl,  WWII, The Korean Conflict, and The Viet Nam War. They lived much of their lives before rural electrification, and went from the era of horse and buggy travel to jet airliners.

And I don't remember my grandpa ever complaining about snow.

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31 comments:

Samantha said...

I would complain about snow ALL DAY LONG :)

Trace4J said...

Love the old barn and silo.
Oh the stories they must hold.
Happy Birthday to both your Boys.
Lovin those boots!
Woolie Joy

Denise said...

Love the barn.

Diane said...

You're right about that generation-- that's my grandparents too. There was also polio, The Cold War, rationing, outhouses, having babies at home... How did they survive? Neat photos by the way!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I've never seen a silo with a wood roof. The poor thing looks like it needs a little TLC. Great photo's!

linda eller said...

The 'old days' were just more peaceful or something similar, that we dont seem to have today. Love the old silo and outbldg.

Sandra said...

both of these old buildings are beautiful and i guess that door had to be an afterthought...my dad was so tight with his money, it was from all that you mentioned here. i learned from him, and am a real cheapo, my mother lived through the same times but was a spender, and so is my brother...

Jenn said...

lol.. I don't think my grandma or grandpa complained about snow either :)
I do love the old barns and silos.. it reminds me of growing up and a much simpler time!!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

You always find the most beautiful things to photograph!! I don't remember my grandparents complaining about snow either but they did live in southern New Mexico and Florida not to much snow there.

Paulette said...

I just caught up on last weeks posts.

Celebrating a birthday with family is priceless, hope the celebration was filled with fun and memories.

I heard that it snowed in our fair state while I was gone, glad I missed that one.

Your barn photos are lovely, you are a very good photo journalist.

podso said...

Great post! The stories those old buildings could tell. I wonder if anyone climbed the silo. I think I mentioned to you that people don't paint their barns down here--they all look a bit old, to save on taxes. :-)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great photos of the silo and outbuilding. You do have to wonder how those people survived all those hard times. Oh the stories the old buildings could tell.

Chatty Crone said...

I was thinking about what you said - the base was made of stone - and how important that is - to last a lifetime. sandie

Chenille Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pastoral setting. I love the landscape. The buildings have such a farmer's touch.
Thank you for your condolences on my silly computer. Windows 8 is very frustrating.
Have a happy day, my friend.
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love old buildings like this too. Not many around here. Love the Waltons too!

Empty Nester said...

ALWAYS look forward to these posts! Wait, are those recent pix? Cause it doesn't look a thing like spring up there.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Nice pictures. Love that outbuilding, so odd looking. It must have been remodeled for a new use. Make do and mend!

Terri D. said...

My brother paid for his college tuition by constructing grain bins. 'His' bins are all over Fairfield County, Ohio, though they were all metal construction. The old stone silos lasted much longer! Love your photos, and I agree with your husband about the door and the strange roof-line. Just makes sense, looking at it....but who knows?!

Dewena Callis said...

I never see these old buildings without wishing someone would save them, restore and use them. They tug at my heart.

Outbuildings in most of the country; dependencies in Virginia? Whatever they're called, I hate to see them fall down.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Nice silo!! Glad you got your shot now - not sure how much longer that roof will be there--one bad storm with lots of wind- BOOM!
I remember using an outhouse! It was a two setter too! On my Grandma's farm in southern Indiana - my Mom didn't get plumbing until she was a Sr. in High school in 1949. When we would go up to visit in the summer - we weren't permitted to run "in and out of the house" and even though there was inside plumbing in the 60s - you still used the outhouse!! So much FUN!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I often think of the "good old days" as being so much better until I remember how hard they had to work. I can't imagine cooking on very hot summer days the way they did! Whew! I love my electricity, a/c, dishwasher, computer and all the modern conveniences. But, I do yearn for a slower paced life with less traffic.

I'm glad to hear a mention of one of my favorite TV families...The Waltons. I loved them! Love the old barn and silo, too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I often think of the "good old days" as being so much better until I remember how hard they had to work. I can't imagine cooking on very hot summer days the way they did! Whew! I love my electricity, a/c, dishwasher, computer and all the modern conveniences. But, I do yearn for a slower paced life with less traffic.

I'm glad to hear a mention of one of my favorite TV families...The Waltons. I loved them! Love the old barn and silo, too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I often think of the "good old days" as being so much better until I remember how hard they had to work. I can't imagine cooking on very hot summer days the way they did! Whew! I love my electricity, a/c, dishwasher, computer and all the modern conveniences. But, I do yearn for a slower paced life with less traffic.

I'm glad to hear a mention of one of my favorite TV families...The Waltons. I loved them! Love the old barn and silo, too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

8)(8 said...

I hope someone saves that silo. So pretty.

Donna Wilkes said...

I am glad you have preserved the silo and the outbuilding in your blog. I hate to see structures like this gradually decay.

Eileen said...

I feel like I was born in the wrong era, I'm so old fashioned. I really wish I had been born in those olden days when life was simpler, but work was harder.

Your photos are wonderful.

Cynthia said...

What great picture to capture the character of this old silo.

Cynthia

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

snowy fences. nice! ( :

Jan n Jer said...

That old silo is awesome...the folks of long ago,,were much more thankful then todays generation...we should all follow their example.

Genie Robinson said...

I love all of your pictures this week, and I especially like the story you told of that era gone by. It is the era of my mother and daddy and it fits them to a tee. They lived through all of it, and my daddy lost both his mother and little baby brother to that flu epidemic. He lived to be almost 101 and did he have the stories to tell. genie

Sally in WA said...

Great pics and commentary. I wish I could be more like Grandpa Walton but after enduring my first Minnesota winter, I can't help but to whine a little!

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