Saturday, March 26, 2011
1957 on the farm...........
This photo was taken in 1957 around my birthday. I was seven years old. We had a snow storm on the day, March 26, and I am sure school was canceled. We lived on the farm in southern Iowa, near the town of Murray.
The red coat was one of my favorites. My older brother and I had matching coats, as that is the only style they sold at JC Penney's for young boys. I remember getting that fake fur in my mouth and it tasted badly.
The barn in the back was designed a lot like the ones that they called sheep barns. The center of the barn was a ground to ceiling mow and animals could have hay dropped down on them on either side.
There were milking stalls on the right side where dad hand milked the cows while the farm cats all watched and waited. In the summer the flies were thick and the cow would be swishing her tail to keep them off of herself and also to hit my dad in the face. My dad sat on a T shaped stool made from wood and the smell in the barn was always bad. The new hay that was put in the barn each summer, piled on top of ancient hay from years before always made the barn smell so much better.
The present owners left the roof of the barn to leak and it caused the whole barn roof to rot and fall down in the center.
The building to the left was a grainery. It was built special to hold shelled grain like corn, oats or beans. The walls and floor were lined with shiplap wood pieces that created surface which were smooth sanded wood. It was like a wood paneling placed horizontally on the interior. It helped to keep the grain very dry. The grainery was moved by the new owners so they could drive their big tractors through by the barn. Because of the moving of the grainery in 1970 to a bad location at the top of a hill the wind caught it and sent it rolling down the hill, destroying it.
You can see the barn in the background here on the right and the grainery behind me, the guy in shorts. The year must have been around 1967, ten years later than the photo above. My dad took great pride in his buildings and he had his sons keep them painted up every few years.
Dad and mom of course are in front. Jesse T. Burgus, 1918-2000, Zella M. Burgus, 1919-2008.
Back row: Starting left, Dwight, 1947-2008, Rex 1943, Ron, 1941, and Larry, 1950
I need to relocate this photo and scan it as it is much clearer looking that what I have shown you.
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