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We bought this property to make a horse camp on. We are finding out more history as we meet more folks from around the area. At one time this was a large dairy farm. Up in the back of the property is the old spring house that was used to cool milk and fruit. The spring still runs out of the hill side behind the spring house. The water is still cold and clean. We hope to one day soon make good use of the spring house.

—Jimbo Waller


The farm was purchased from John Scherwood in 1956 that the lot was built on.

In 1957, five 2500 bushel steel bins were built. A 20'X 60' harvester was erected in 1959. A second 20'X 60' harvester was erected in 1960. A feed processing plant was built on the east side of the harvesters in 1961. A 150' foot Badger feed bunk under a roof was built in 1962. A 6000 bushel steel bin was erected in 1964. A truck scale was installed. Cattle processing allies were built to work in bound or out bound cattle. All cattle were branded with a registered brand. The system was designed to handle 3 lots holding 250 head of cattle per lot.

Over the years a large number of cattle were finished in these lots. In 1972, a pen of Holstein steers were finished that graded choice having a average weight of almost 2400 pounds.

This feed lot was sold to John Sloop in the latter part of 1978. He had cattle in the pens for about two years. He maintained nothing so guess what? This feed lot turned into a large pile of junk.

This history is written August 28, 2010; 54 years later by the original owner and builder.


This was the Allis Chalmers/Gleaner dealership in Macon, IL. It closed in the 70's, but in it's day was quite a dealership.

—Paul Butler

This was Gene and Mildred Baker's farm in Macon, IL from the 1930s until 1976. They were my grandparents. In the 60's he had some cattle, later he had sheep, hogs, and 400 acres of corn and beans.

He was known for going to Texas and buying 500 lambs each spring and bringing them to Illinois where he would raise them for the summer. Then in the early fall they would get sheared-and sent off to slaughter.

I remember when I was little the first couple nights the lambs were there, they would baaaa baaa baaa all night.

The only thing left on this spot today is three grain bins-which were build in the 70s after this picture was taken.

This was a good loving home. Larry Baker and Dona Baker (Bailey) were raised there.

—Paul Butler

This is my grandparent’s farm. The house and all of the buildings were built by my grandfather and great-grandfather back in the 1920s. My grandparents lived there all of their married life and raised 8 children. We lived less than a mile away and it was always such fun to spend time there and help out with cutting the grass or watching them bale hay or do the chores. All of the buildings except for the house are now gone but the memories live on. They never took many pictures back then so to get an actual photo of the way it used to look is just so wonderful!


This was my childhood home and there has never been a place more magical to me. Goats, pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, kittens – room and love for one and all. There was a creek to catch minnows and tadpoles from, an orchard to ride our pony in. I would spend hours sitting high in the apple tree eating apples or lying on the grass looking up at the clouds and daydreaming. There was a huge mulberry tree next to the windmill where my brother could be found on any summer day, his face stained purple from all the berries he’d consume. We’d camp out under the stars during the summer with Shep (our dog) and Alfred (best cat ever) keeping watch while we slept. The long driveway made a great tricycle course when we were young with more than one spill from the trike, but so worth it; and a driving course when we were teenagers dreaming of getting our driver’s license someday.

We moved away when I was 16 years old but a piece of my heart has never left. We visited the farm a couple of weeks ago – it had been exactly 50 years since my older brother and I made our first trip up that driveway to get on the school bus for the first time - our mother holding onto my 2 younger brothers, fighting back tears and waving us on. Most of the original buildings, the trees and orchard are now gone. Aluminum siding covers the beautiful red bricks on the 200 year old house. My daughters that were with me that day saw a different farm that no longer held the sweetness and simplicity it had in the sixties. In my mind I could still see it but I wished so much that they could too. When I got home, I did an online search to see if perhaps there was an old aerial photo taken that would have captured it. What I found was the Vintage Aerial website and was absolutely thrilled when they were able to locate a photo of our wonderful home during those “Norman Rockwell” days. When I first saw that photo, I felt like I was peeking back into history at something that I thought I’d never be able to see again. An absolute treasure that I will always cherish.


This was known as the Marshall Heaps farm. Branson & Ruth Spencer bought this 200 acre farm in 1956 where 2 of their 5 children, Dorothy and Charles finished high school. Charles went on to finish out his working career with this company (Vintage Aerial) where he remains today, 2010.


After purchasing a current photo of our farm, I discovered they also have photos from the 1960's to the present. My husband's parents had never purchased any photos so we didn't have photos that showed the original buildings on the farm. I ended up purchasing three photos (8x12) and plan on having them in a single frame to give to my husband for his birthday. The whole idea was not inexpensive but I think of it more as a family keepsake to be passed down to another generation. The whole process of once emailing them and receiving my photos took less than I believe three weeks.

—Rose Pelke

This was my Aunt and Uncle's farm in Indianola, Iowa. My Uncle's father built the big farmstead around 1900. He was known in the area as the "Flyin' Farmer" because he raced midget race cars during the 1920's-1930's and was featured in many Iowa State Fair race programs. His name was Dwight Peck.

—Casey Cockayne