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Growing up, I would pass this house on my way to school and say, "Some day I'm going to have a house just like that one." It was white with black shutters, two stories in the center with a wing on each side, and columns holding up the front portico. That would have been 45 years ago. A couple of years back, the house came on the market at a reasonable price, so my husband and I bought it! I knew the former owners, and when they passed away, their kids sold the property to a local developer before I knew it was for sale, but he flipped it a few months later and we got it then. He had bought it full of all the former owners' belongings, as their kids didn't want to deal with all of it - he cleaned out the house and donated nearly everything to the local charity resale shop. However, he missed something - a pair of star-shaped glass candle holders - that we found when we took possession. I knew that they were used in initiation ceremonies for a women's group to which we both belong(ed). What a special find! Since buying the house, we have improved it with new siding, roof, windows and heating system, plus added insulation. We had to change the roofline a little bit, but we tried to preserve the original structure as best we could. We feel great that we've preserved a small piece of our town's history!


Our farm was bought by the Hoefling family in the early 1900's. My husband and I are the third generation of Hoefling's to live here. Through good times and bad times it was a great place to call home. We have raised 9 children and have made many improvements to the building site. We are hoping to pass it off to our children and let them also have the pleasure of building their own memories.

—Pat & Ann Hoefling

This photo was taken in 1977, just prior to the construction on my new home. Thanks Vintage Aerial for preserving these old photos and making them available to us 30 some odd years later.

—Bruce Barricklow

Arnold and Florentine Ruden farm, Marcus, IA. My favorite part of visiting my grandparents' farm was helping my Aunt Kathy gather eggs from the henhouse.

—Karla Ruden Block

This picture was taken of my home in 1969. This was the year my father and I sold the home and moved to Rock Island. He retired from farming and I started my life after high school. It looks different today and I wanted to show my family what it looked like when I lved there. Some day it will be theirs!


This is my family farm in 1976. It was bought by my grandfather in 1900.

—Wendell Kelch

My parents, Richard and Gertrude Rost, bought this house and 10 acres on Kelsey Road, Barrington, IL, around 1944 and raised three children there. The area around us was mostly farms for many years. They bought a horse for my brother, and we had various other critters. My dad drove many commuting hours to work in Chicago, and it wasn't until later in life that I realized what a sacrifice he made in order to choose this kind of idyllic country lifestyle for us all. Our mother died in 1983 and Dad sold the property in the 1990s. Both are gone now, much has changed in the neighborhood, but the house still stands now in 2014.

—Elda Stone

This house with 3.5 acres was purchased by my son in 2012. He loves the place & I wanted to give him this photo so he could see how his home has changed over the years. I know he will love it!

—Laura Rickelman

My Mother's homeplace in Grafton, WV has always been an anchor to our family. Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and annual reunions brought the whole family together inside this beautiful home year after year. My grandfather, C. T. Woodyard, had this painting made for each of his surviving children in 1989. When my mother passed away in 2013, I hung her painting in my home and ordered another for each of my three sisters. Sadly, the farmhouse burned to the ground last Sunday. What a treasure these paintings are to each of us now!


This farmstead is in the MO river bottoms and was purchased by my grandfather in 1905. I was born in the farm house, but our family moved out of the bottom in 1954 due to the flooding in the late 40's and early 50's. In the 1960's a federal levee was constructed to protect the vast river bottom and my wife and I moved a trailer on the farmstead when we got married in 1972 and made our home there for 10 years. We had anticipated building a home on the farm, but memories of the floods prompted us to build elsewhere. The levee was topped in 1993 and we were glad we had a dry home to go home to, even though we lost our entire crop over night. The farm is still a mainstay in our farm operation. In Oct of 2005 the farm became a century farm, and our sons thought we should host an antique plow day to celebrate the occasion. It was so well received that it has become an annual event, and is held the last Sat in Oct each year. We usually have over 30 tractors and plows in attendance, and plow over 100 acres. The tractors parade in at noon and line up for spectator inspection after a complementary meal of brats, homemade sauerkraut, chili, homemade cinnamon rolls and cookies which is served outdoors in the autumn air. We invite everyone who comes to share in the meal whether they are participants or spectators. We normally feed about 150 people, and everyone takes time over the noon meal to share stories of times past and look over the tractors and plows.
It is believed that the barn in the upper right hand corner of the picture is the only original building on the farm. It has wooden pegs holding the loft beams in place. The original house on the homestead burned in 1907, and the existing house was built. My grandpa, grandma & dad lived in the smokehouse until the house was ready to live in. The house receives a new coat of paint periodically, but is only used for storage. We still have a trailer on the farm and it is a welcomed place to stay during the busy planting and harvest season, since our home is 16 miles away. The farm is owned by my brother & I. My wife and I have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. Our youngest son is the 4th generation to farm the land. Much of the land had grown up in willows, and was cleared down through the years as time and money would allow. With improvements and good stewardship the land has given us great returns. We cherish what our ancestors have entrusted to us, and we hope to pass it on to future generations in the very best of conditions.

—John W Stundebeck