waste oil burner, hoist, press
2019 complete new covering.
50 years ago we built the Quonset on our farm. Rasmussen Lumber out of Manilla was hired to do the work. This first picture was taken of that construction.
The day they tinned the roof, I told dad I wasn't going to school today so I could watch and take pictures - fortunately he didn't give me any arguments.
View looking east.
In the original picture there was an old windbreak we had taken down with plans on starting the new one.
Croghan Construction is putting a new cover on the Quonset for us.
I told them that it was a lot easier for me to climb to the top 50 years ago.
View from the boom truck
Dad also liked to save/move whole buildings. When I think of how much work it was and he really didn't make a lot of money from all of these projects - and consider
today how most of the old buildings are just burned down or razed with an excavator and hauled to the dump - how times have changed.
Back then we mostly did it because that was what people did years ago - tough physical jobs weren't thought of as work but just a way of life.
After various people salvaged what they wanted from the building, the rest was burned and hauled away.
If you look closely, you can see the bottom section of the spiral fire escape on the north side of the building.
1967 The old Lester "Lead" Hargens home across the alley to the west from Thriftys Food.
Harold & Richard Schmidt helped us lower the 2nd floor of the house.
The JD A belonged to Harold and the JD 630 was our tractor.
Dad then converted it into a garage that was purchased by Clausie Strosahl.
Amos Kusel thinking things over on the next steps in lowering the 2nd story.
In March of this year we put a new cover on the granary. Granaries were very common back in the 1950s and 60s. This one was built in 1959. My mother tells me the story that each day I would go out to "help" but one day I didn't go out anymore...They basically figured out that once the construction of the walls got too high for me to climb that I was scared and wouldn't go out anymore - I was 3 years old - so I guess I've been involved with construction and farming for 60 years - I'm now 63.
Doug Kusel painting 2003
I believe that was Orland Fara's wooden ladder we borrowed.