This is an old red, rustic wooden barn with aging slats, just one of a few barns left with a hip-style roof, which is a more complex design than a gable roof. It’s fairly large, measuring 56’ x 72’.
Over 20 years ago, my brother, Al, bought the home place and has been living there alone. He has maintained all the buildings, but this barn has exhausted the remainder of his savings. In his younger days, Al tore down barns for extra income and farmed for a living. Regrettably, he fell one too many times and broke his back. Even though he has had three surgeries, he lives with constant pain. Al is restricted in his work of demolition, and raising cattle is his source of income. This barn helps house his livestock and store the hay during the winter. It is his living, his livelihood and his home.
Our concern is the severe weather elements, which North Dakota is known for. A heavy snowfall will take this barn down. Not only will he lose the barn, all the cattle, people, and other animals inside will get injured or die. We have witnessed this happening over the years to many farms. Time is of the essence. When the barn falls down, it will be too late.
This barn holds nostalgic memories for my brother and our family. This barn has also been used as a background for wedding pictures. It reminds us of our great farming heritage. We hold many memories playing and working in this barn: milking cows, feeding calves and pigs, separating milk to make cream, building tunnels with the hay bales and swinging from a rope up in the hay loft. Perhaps you have similar memories from your childhood. Our hope is to raise funds to replace the back of the barn and refurbish the roof, so it can protect future generations of calves and help my brother maintain his small, but family owned farm.
Any contribution from you would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you would kindly forward this to 2 - 3 of your friends, we will get enough money to make this historic barn strong and to its original glory. Thank you.
- Sheryl Newman
- Andrea Methven
- Ronnie W Howell
- Arlen Grove
Organizer and beneficiary
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