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I grew up on this farm mid 60's thru early 80's. I can see my parents (Merlin and Clare White) grain truck in the driveway and our tractor up at the grain bin. We are in the middle of harvest season as you can still see some of the corn still standing. I spent a lot of time playing in the straw stored in the barn, building forts and tunnels with my brother and sisters.

—Douglas White

I remember riding with my grandpa (Emil White) down to the creek from his farm on his Farmall H to fish, and helping Grandma (Lucille) butcher chickens and garden. Our summers were spent playing and working in the hay mow, collecting eggs, riding pigs and helping with the chores. Lot's of fond memories.

—Douglas White

My parents purchased this farm in 1928. I was 6 months old and the eighth of nine children in this Danish emigrant family.
We had a small herd of cows and sold milk to a local co-op creamery. Our cash crop was rutabagas. I left the farm in 1946 to
enlist in the Army. That was a step up on the social/economic ladder.

The farm was sold in the early sixties and as had several owners since. These small farms are disappearing and the fields are returning to brush and trees. Life on the farm in the thirties was a hard poverty level existence, but I still harbor warm memories and respect for the many good people that lived off the land during that time.

—Hans Abrahamsen

This house is owned by my father, Kermit Patterson. The house was originally built by his twin brother (Kenneth) in the early 1960's.

—Tracy Patterson

This is the dairy farm my parents built starting in 1950. We lived in the house visible through the trees on the right until 1965. You can see the barns & feedlot where the cattle were fed. We still raise beef cattle & poultry on this farm. These buildings are in the middle of almost 200 acres of farm & timber land.

—Tracy Patterson

This the home my parents had built in 1959. I was 14 at the time.

—Glenn Bard

My name is Dennis Kahl, I lived on this site in the 50's & 60's with my parents; Clair & Marian, sisters Sandra, Debbie, Peggy, brother David. Grandparents Clarence & Doris. Clarence & Doris lived in the big house we lived in the small house to the right hidden by the trees. Used to be a big red barn in the center of this picture. My Uncle Wayne and I torn it down in the early 60,s.

—Dennis Kahl

This farm was built on a plain in Shiocton, Wisconsin in the early 1900's it started as vegetable farm created by investers out of Chicago to grow fresh vegtables for the city. Because it was basically a stock scam and went broke as planned it was eventually bought by of the last investors, a Senator by the name of Mack. It was at once close to 4,000 acres continous and was used mainly for the production of fresh vegetables. I believe the original barn burned down. This barn was built by the senator and was built to house pregnant horses. The urine from these horses was collected in a central tank and sold to be made into the polio vaccine before modern medicine could synthesise. The barn is a huge structure and for its age was built massively. It features 12in poured walls 4 ft in the ground and 4ft above, with 2x12 dimentional hardwood lumber on 18in centers for the walls. The top of the barn made for hay storage has a unique design built with a superstrucure much like a ship, that free spans the entire upper floor for a clear open loft.I believe it may have been built with the help of goverment money by the way it was constructed, and because polio was a disease that was in desperate need to eradicate.


The barn was eventually made into a dairy operated by Macks son when the need for horse urine had declined. It remained as a dairy for years operated by different people and eventually sold off to investers again. This time it was made into a Beef operation . The 2 large silos were built at that time. Originally there were 3 houses on this property for the workers but by the time this picture was taken it was down to only one. In the late 70's when interest went sky high this farm ended up on bad times and was eventually the property of the bank. The land was divided out to other farmers and the main building site was sold off and came upon neglect and disrepair for the next 20 yrs. I bought this operation in 2004 and started to bring it back to life, it is an ongoing project to bring the building back to its former glory. Its now a base of operations for a grain and row crop farm with the barns function now as shop, parts storage offices and a privaate Allis Chalmers museum. We have built additions to the building to better suit our needs, and still build on the main structure as massivly as the original barn had been built. To date it is now 21,000 sq ft. We have searched high and low for pictures of this place but have not been able to find anything. The original owner the Macks area all gone they had one son that never married and is long gone with no pictures to be found, no locals knew much about the place or had any clues to past pictures. I heard about Vintage aerial in the Farm Show magazine and sure enough they had these 2 pictures of it back in the 70's. A special thanks to them and Spencer Charles for finding and keeping these old photos. We ordered both pics to be hung in the old building for all to see what the farm use to be.


This homestead was established about 1871. Approximately in the center of this picture, just below the larger barn, are the remains of a dugout structure lined with fieldstone.
The house pictured was occupied by "Bill" and "Tina" Kumpala from 1943 to 1980 and this was known as the "Kumpala place" when we purchased the property in 1985. The house had burned down in the winter of 1985, and the other visible buildings were removed in 1991.
A new garage was built in 1988 between the house remains and the two livestock buildings. A workshop replaced the right most building in 1991. A new dome house was built in 1993-6 where the old house stood.

—Doug Eno