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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!

—Lindsay
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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
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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!

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This is my family farm taken in 1980. It has been the family for 114 years. There are 74 acres in the farm!

—Wendell Kelch
 
 

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

—Wendell Kelch
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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
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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!