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

—Glenn Bard
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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.

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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
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This farm was first established in 1846 when it was purchased from the U.S. government. It was 160 acres at the time. Sometime in the early 1900's it was split into two 80 acre pieces. My dad bought the farm the same year this photo was taken, which is 1973. He always wished he would have bought the picture when they came around with it in 74, but he figured there was no need. I was amazed when Clarence, my Vintage Aerial librarian told me he thought he found the picture. We looked through about 20 pictures and sure enough we found it.

My dad married my mom in 1978. They had four kids and still live on the farm. There have been many changes to the farm over the years. I can only count three buildings on this photo that are still standing today. Many good memories come from looking at this picture and I can not say enough about how awesome it is what Vintage Aerial is doing to reconnect people with their photos.

 
 

Grandpa and Grandma's home was moved from a nearby town in the 1960s to where it is seen here in 1979. Great Granny's home, also visible beneath the trees, was directly across the way. What a profound picture being captured not knowing that the view today would be very different. The home is still standing full of love with its additions. Granny's home, the barn, and the tree stump are no longer there, but the memories will forever hold. It has withstood major storms which tore apart the front room as it was being built, and further damaged parts of the original foundation. It has housed generation after generation. As relevant as it may be to the history of rural America, it is most relevant in my heart and the heart of our family. I could never imagine what life would be like without Grandpa and Grandmas farm.

—Mary Algya
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This is a pioneer farm in Blue Earth County, near Mankato, MN. The NW part of the brick house (center of picture) was built by the Federal Gov't for the Winnabago Indian Reservation, which existed here from 1855 to 1863. Joseph May bought the land in 1865. This picture was taken in 1977.

—Jack May
 
 

This is a pioneer farm in Blue Earth County, near Mankato, MN. The NW part of the brick house (center-right of picture) was built by the Federal Gov't for the Winnabago Indian Reservation, which existed here from 1855 to 1863. Joseph May bought the land in 1865. This picture was taken in 1967.

—Jack May
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My Parents built this house in 1959. I was 14 at the time. They live the rest of their lives here. The fields around house are now condos.

—Glenn Bard Jr.