Like the two great-grandmothers I had until age 20. I wish had recorded their memories of…oh I don’t know, maybe THEIR grandmas. Which would have taken me back another 2 generations of firsthand knowledge.
I wish I had gone to that family reunion because that was the last time Uncle Bill was there.
I wish I had taken more photos of barns.
Huh? I know. I’ve been taking barn pics for a long time. Never even thought that was unusual. Until a friend admitted that she, also, loves old barns.
But, I, naturally (when you consider where I live and the lifestyle we inhabit), am surrounded by old barns. Some of which “I wish I had” taken pics of and appreciated more.
This is probably my favorite. I had heard about it for years. At reunions, tales would be shared about the barn, first and most importantly because of the painted words on it. Do you see them?
Huge clue as to the character of the man who painted them. He was Big Boss’s great-grandfather…the Preacher, the Teacher, the Newspaper Writer, father of 12. How I long to have to known him!
He came to the Kansas Plains about 1880 from the well-established old state of Pennsylvania as a child. His father had settled in Western Kansas, built a house, barn and well house and staked his claim on several quarters of land.
Great-Grandpa CH (we’ll call him) grew sturdy and tough helping his father farm and ranch. Then the Lord called him to teach school, so he did. And then He called him to preach. In the meantime, he wrote weekly articles for the closest newspaper 20 miles to the east.
But back to the barn…he built it on the homeplace that is about 11 miles from our home. He called it “Sleepy Hollow” and that was where the barn resided for some 40-50 years. After his death and subsequent sale of the homeplace, the barn was moved about 1 mile east to another farm. The exact date is not known.
We also don’t know… for sure…when the barn was built. US Census records show the family living at Sleepy Hollow in 1900. And records show the same residence for the clan in 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. Which would place the barn in the Over 100 Hundred Years Old category?! No solid proof though.
How do we know it’s the same barn? Photos from its heyday (no pun intended!) reveal the exact same barn architecture and design.
And, of course, the letters above the door, “PUT CHRIST FIRST”.
An Ah Ha Moment!
PS Bonus shot…do you see him???