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This 1988 photo shows some of the changes since the 1973 photo I commented on. The dairy cows are still in the pasture and those same fields are being worked by the fifth generation of Oplands since the farm was settled in 1892 by my great grandfather. My parents still live in the original home where my dad was born and raised. Thanks for another great glimpse back in time!

—Karen Opland Hauser
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My Norwegian immigrant great grandparents, Halvor & Anna Opland, built and settled this farm in 1892. My grandfather took over the farm from them and he and my grandma raised their four children on this farm. Their youngest son and my father, "Rusty", was born in that house in 1935 and he and my mom still call this home after almost 55 years of marriage. Today my brother & sister-in-law and their four children - the 5th generation of Oplands, continue to milk cows in the original barn and farm this same land. That's my Dad green chopping for the cows - something he still does 38 years later and they still have that same Allis-Chalmers tractor.
Since this picture was taken in 1973, the chicken coop has been replaced with a machine shed, the barn cleaner chute on the west end of the barn was enclosed “so Dad didn’t have to stand in the cold winter winds or snow/rain to clean the barn” and this enclosure also provided additional calf pens. A heavy spring snowstorm has taken down an older shed while two more machine sheds and corncribs were added as was a quonset for the kid’s 4-H sheep project . My brother and his family have also replaced the small pine trees we planted as kids (in the mid-upper left area of the picture), with their home.
In 1992 it was an honor to be recognized at the WI State Fair as a "Century Farm" and we later hosted a large celebration with family and friends at the farm. Dad and mom are still proud of the “ole homestead” and they all work to keep the farm looking good at a 119 years old and still going!
1973 doesn’t seem that long ago till you look back at the picture and notice and think about all of the changes in those years. Thank you Vintage Aerial for making these photos available!

—Karen Opland Hauser
 
 

My Grandparents bought this farm in 1935. Two of my uncles had an airport here until the mid sixties. My grandfather raise register Brown Swiss cattle until he passed away in1957. It is now a housing project that was built in then ninties.

—Glenn Bard jr.
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This is the farm my Dad grew up on. Still looks much the same with my uncle living on the farm.

—Mitch
 
 

My Grandparents bought this farm in the 1940's and my mother grew up there, today me and my family live there.

—Mitch
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This farm was owned by BJ Boesen, then sold to the Seidel family, then sold to a family named Watts that tried to do some non traditional dairy farming, then sold to the Shores family. In November 2010 the Dairy barn burned down just months after their cattle were sold.

—Mitch
 
 

This is the Yakaitis Farm purchased my Thaduas and Marcella Yakaitis in 1961. This was a summer home for the Yakaitis family who lived in Chicago Ill. Currently, Thaduas and Marcella’s daughter lives in the house. The landscape has grown up and some new buildings have been added but it still looks mostly the same.

—Steve Bieniek
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While we have lived here only a year, it is great to see how the old place looked in better times.

—Gary Van Hise
 
 

My father-in-law purchased this farm in the 1980's without even looking at the house. He simply wanted the farm ground. When my husband graduated from college in 1997, it became his home. In 2002, shortly after we were married, we purchased the house and some of the land.

So much has has changed since this photo was taken. On top of everything, we've done lots and lots of cleaning up! We have added pasture for cattle and sheep, taken down some old trees and planted several new ones. The barns have been painted and sided and we added a new grain bin. The house is still a work in progress but it's a wonderful place for our three little boys to grow up and explore. I'd like to think that the changes we've made have been improvements and something to be proud of.

I was so excited to be able to get a picture from this time period. It was taken way before we started making changes and it's a really awesome thing to be able to compare. We have an original photo (I've been doing local research) of the farm and found out that it was built in 1868. It was one of the first homes in Greene Twp a long time ago - a little bit of history!
Thank you Vintage Aerial!

—Crissy Spracklen
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On this property, the house was two old houses that were put together and the top of the larger house was taken off with a chain saw. Also, Mr. Wade built the old big barn himself and sadly it has not aged well and will soon be torn down. The long shed was the machine shed and now will become a horse shed, the smaller shed was chicken house and no longer exists as very little of the fence does ether.

—Robin