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Passing of Americona
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Dave Smith    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:54:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last week I drove past a old farm that I had helped put hay up in, in the mid 50s. I saw that the barn was torn down and gone. Old Delli and his wife raised thier daughter there and she was gone and married back then. Delli's wife had one of those infectious smiles. When she smiled at you , you got a warm feeling. They were both in thier 60s and Dellie was all hunched over from all the years of hard work. They quit farming and lived out the rest of thier lives on the place. They both passed away in the 60s.
Thier daughter and son in-law took over the place and remodeled the house and raised 3 boys in that house. They still live there.
The boys are all in thier 50s now. I saw Jim the oldest this evening and asked about the barn. He said it needed a new roof and it made no sense to put $6000 into a barn that was not used any more so it was torn down. The land has been all replanted into trees.
It makes me sad to see all those old farms go. When you think of all the dreams that must have been drempt about making it a working farm go to the wayside.
So sad,
Dave <*)))><

toolman    Posted 07-20-2004 at 11:15:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
it is happening all over here too in canada, i hate to see it happen, but they way i look at it if anyone is going to make money out of it , it should be the folks who spent their lives trying to make an honest living working the land, and not some developer who can walk in pick up the land for next to nothing and then pull strings and put condos all over it. here we have a farm land reseve that helps protect farmland, and i do my best to ensure it is protected as much as possibile, i got involved with the local govt.advisory planning commission and have been working with them to try and protect what we still have left.

screaminghollow    Posted 07-20-2004 at 08:11:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
alot of the farm buildings in this area are being torn down because of lack of maintenance. Next door farm has it's bank barn half torn down. They never replaced the roof so all the purlins and now the posts and beams are going bad. It is a real shame. Some old silo's too are going to H because no one will keep a roof on them. Year's back I knew a guy who baught an old farm. The house was collapsing and the barn was beyond saving. He renovated the twenty-two foot diameter silo into a house. He put a few floors in it with stairwells. Added small windows here and there and had to insulate the walls inside. It was indeed a neat place. The next owner built a small frame addition at the bottom and remodeled the top to look like a light house at the shore. Last time I went by, it too was gone. The farm was cut up into third acre lots.
The cost of renovations and maintenance of older buildings is often too high and it is easier to bull doze and/or rebuild.
A farm near here recently sold with the condition that the farm house must be preserved. It is a nice old victorian.

Bkeepr    Posted 07-20-2004 at 06:38:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
In our area they're not even being put into trees. Mostly the distant relations, but occasionally the old farmers themselves, are selling to developers who are putting up hundreds of new houses a year. Just read an article in the paper yesterday about a place like you describe just a few miles down the road where the farmers sold it to a developer who is going to put over 200 houses on the place. In the article, the lady (both in their upper 70s) is upset but the man clearly just wants the money. I understand their need for cash to live, but selling to these big developers for millions just seems greedy to me.

Tom A

DigitalMat    Posted 07-20-2004 at 07:00:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think a lot of times the old farmers find out that the children are not interested in the old time lifestyle, are too old to work the land, and know if they just leave it, it will fall into ruin. Might as well leave something for the children they would really want to have. Maybe they have health problems they need a lot of money for. One way or another, it's still their land and we have to defend their right to do with as they please, even if we don't agree with this particular use.

deadcarp    Posted 07-20-2004 at 06:01:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah every old building was somebody's dream. The bachelors had simple shacks - maybe 8 x 12, a cot and one stove. Old Billie Matson used to make us kids cookies on his stovetop - darn good ones too. Come to find out, his dad owned a buncha ships but Billie learned to hate money so ran away from home as a kid.

Then the bigger places had newspaper wrapping the studs for insulation. In winter if somebody came courtin the house was cold so they'd crawl in bed to visit - WITH their clothes on and a bundling board between them to limit hanky-panky. Events like weddings & funerals would be arranged at home. They'd set the table outside for the dance and Virgil would play his accordian. Many a rotten windowsill once cooled a pie. Dreams, yup - dreams we came from. :)

mojo    Posted 07-20-2004 at 04:55:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I still own the old home place that we lived in til I was 5. It's really looking bad these days but I can't bring myself to knock her down. Now if it wasn't good enough to fix up in the mid sixties, the situation hasn't improved very much since. It's a Sear catalog house built about 1900. I take my kids there and tell them how we used to wave to grandpa when he went out to chore, we could see him a quarter mile away. And the spot where I was first gut kicked by a horse. And where the garden was and the time we had to hit the ground because a swarm of bees was passing over. It's a sad situation but economically it isn't viable to repair the old girl. I'm just trying to save the old barn, and I'm losing that battle too.

Dave 2N    Posted 07-20-2004 at 04:20:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Know just what you're sying. I get the same feeling when I drive by my Granparents' old place; no farming there anymore at all and most of the buildings gone. Man, the memories I still have though. And that's where I learned to drive on Gramp's 2N.

Les    Posted 07-20-2004 at 04:02:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to hear my father and grandfather telling stories like that and I could tell you some myself.
There aren't many fields left to grow up and old barns to fall down here in NH.

Redneck    Posted 07-20-2004 at 02:21:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife and I notice so much of the same thing. My parents were of that time and daddy has already passed. It brings tears to my eyes when I look at the things they accomplished with such meager means but with a will and determination that moved mountains. When the ideals and dreams of the folks of that bygone era are gone, I'm afraid America will never recover.

DigitalMat    Posted 07-19-2004 at 22:02:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

I feel the same way. My wife and I love to take drives out here in the country. We often see an old tumbledown house with trees growing up in it, and wonder about the dreams of those people who built it. Most have no trespassing signs, but it would be nice to walk around and get a feel for the place. It's like the passing of an old friend.

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