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The trees in front of the property are still there - the ones in front of the house are here but one is dead and is a woodpecker haven. The house is now tan and brown. Can you believe 4 kids were raised in this little house?


My father bought this house for $5000 in 1952 or 1953. My mother lived in the house until 1998. My parents grew cotton, corn, peanuts and 7 kids. It was a great place to grow up.

—Gloria Wright Law

This farm is located in Newaygo County Michigan. Floyd Schooley bought this farm from Matt Larson in 1925. Joseph C. Hayes bought this farm and the farm just to the south from Floyd Schooley in 1978. He and his son operated the farm without any chemicals and were very proud of their high quality milk from their dairy herd. The farm is now operated by Joe's sons, still without chemicals.

—Mrs. D. Hayes

This home is part of a 312 acre farm bought in 1978 by Joseph C Hayes. The family still owns it. This farm was owned by 9 different families before 1905. In 1905 the property was purchased by an Ed Thorsen and his family owned it until 1953 when they sold it to Raymond Schroer. The Schroer's owned this land until 1959 when they sold it to Floyd Schooley. The Schooley family owned the farm until they sold it on land contract to our family in 1978.

—Mrs. D. Hayes

This is the Rittinger residence as it appeared in 1978 when I was 5 years old.

All the barns have since gone and been replaced by modern machinery sheds. This picture helps remind me of the memories of growing up on a farm and playing with my sister in the "OLD" barns. My dad and I still farm this farm where he has lived since 1970. We still split the corn planter with two hybrids, just like he and his dad did in this photo. This farm was purchased by relatives of our current landlords near mid century. We will plant our 41st crop on this land in spring of 2011.

—Sean Rittinger

This is one of the Adams farms in 1979.

I purchased the property consisting of 38 acres on the right side of the road in 2005 and built our dream home. In 2010 I was able to purchased the adjoining 5.6 acres which included the barns on the right side of the road in this picture. We are slowly building our modern farmstead where others before us tilled the land just as we will. This picture show the history of my farm before my chapter had yet to begin.

—Sean Rittinger

The house and farm building site are located on 223 acres of land in Shenandoah County. The farm has a very diverse topography, including crop and hay land, pasture, forests and three major streams. The house and barn on the property are architecturally unique. The nine-room two and one-half story house (c. 1790, 1840 & 1858) is a combination of Greek revival and Italianate designs with early and late Victorian period overtones. The barn (c. 1880) is a Swiss-German style bank barn with five bents, two thrashing floors, a hay loft and a grain storage area.

Four generations of Funkhousers owned the farm for 136 years – from 1833 to 1970. The Funkhousers were among the earliest European settlers arriving in the lower Shenandoah Valley with the first, Johannes Funkhouser and his wife, Mary, arriving in about 1740. During May 1-24, 1862, Union General Nathaniel Banks used the house as his headquarters until General Stonewall Jackson’s advance forced him to retreat to Winchester and then to Williamsport.

—David J. Garms

This 160 acre farm located 1.25 miles west of Renville was farmed by the families of Peter B. Olson, Fred I. Olson, and Fred H. Olson. None of the original buildings remain. A new home and garage was erected in 1968, and the site is now owned by Chad Bryan who grew up one mile north of here. The land is still owned and operated by the children of Fred H. Olson (Paul Olson, William Olson, and Julie Bonnema


This picture brings back a lot of memories as I was raised here in the 1950's. Grandma and Grandpa built a new house behind the big house up the hill in 1949. We moved in 1951 to take over the farm. I did all the milking morning and night for years. In the picture I can still see the path worn up the hill to Grandma's where I took a gallon of milk each evening. Grandpa would bring the pail down each morning and put it in the milkhouse. I was so glad to get this picture since the big house burned in 1979. Things are so different now than they were then.
At that time all our close neighbors were relatives. Most are all passed on and the farms have been sold.

—John Brown

We just received our old aerial photos, love them both!!! We were surprised at how fast we got them! We will definately tell others about the website. Plan on hanging them today, one on each side of this years aerial photo I purchased for my husband for Christmas. My inlaws built our house in 1972, so they were still living in the house in the 1982 photo, and we purchased the home from them in 1989, so we were living here in the 1991 photo. We have enjoyed seeing the differences from old photos to this years photo. My husband is very excited for his parents to return from Arizona, where they are wintering, so he can show them all three of the photos! I think your website and purchasing process was very easy, (once I got highspeed internet). Thank you so much, keep up the good work!

—John and Sherri