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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Barns in the Neighborhood - Africa


Barn at Africa

This old barn and silo sit at an intersection on Highway O, across from Africa.  For those of you who didn't know that Africa was located in Barron County, WI, that may come as a surprise. But back in the 1940s and 1950s, when the landscape was dotted with country schools, Africa was among them. It was probably similar to the old country school I attended as a first and second grader (amazing how I survived all these years without kindergarten, isn't it!). Since that time, during the great consolidation of c. 1956 when the country schools were merged with the town schools, the small country schools and acre of land they sat on were sold off to private individuals. The school I had attended was moved a couple miles from its location onto a farm, to be used as a granary. Africa stayed right where it was, and was remodeled into living quarters. There it sits to this day. And of course, I always think of this barn as 'the barn at Africa.'


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Monday, May 27, 2013

Barns of NW Wisconsin - Barron County


My favorite barns are usually red, but I love the stone wall of this barn on SS north of Cameron, and the fact that it's built into the hillside. To my eye, this has most of the important features, i.e. a silo, a fence, a nice straight roof, and a field of wildflowers. (Yes, they're dandelions, but when you've seen only white for the past several months, the yellow dandelions look beautiful!) Unfortunately, cows, the major feature, are missing.


You know they're only weeds because you don't want them.
Look how pretty they are!



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This week the grandkids are here. Lots to do, including working on VBS projects (You're right, it doesn't take normal people this long), going to Sand Creek on one of the warmer days, taking the grandpuppy to the vet for checkup and shots, going on nature walks, attending my weekly Bible study with a great group of friends, cleaning up the backyard, playing games, and if we get a really warm day - picking snails for our garden pond.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Barns of NW Wisconsin - Barron County




Barn at the south end of the Poor Farm Road
Barron County, Wisconsin


It won't be long now...

By the looks of that roof line, the south wall leaning out, and the boards above buckling, this old barn probably won't stand many years longer.

Not only do I drive past this barn several times a month, but it is in the same neighborhood as the school I attended in first and second grade. At that time, everyone knew his/her neighbors because the kids all attended the same country school. And most of us walked to school - as only the Amish do now.

 Stalactite


 Stalagmite


Yes, sensible people would probably cut down this poor little plum tree.

And, by the way, WINTER is still here in NW Wisconsin, just in case anyone is asking.


But we're hoping for 40 degrees by Easter Sunday!
We are SO ready!




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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Woodside Country School, Barron County

 Woodside School

The day I took the photos of those cute goats, Click HERE in case you missed it. I had actually gone to that site to take photos of this old country schoolhouse. The goats were just a bonus. 

Back when the earth was young, I attended first and second grade in that schoolhouse - but not at that location. After the country schools consolidated c.1956, a nearby farmer bought the building and hauled it to his farm to use as a granary and later for storage. As you can see, it's a little worse for wear.

Some of you may be surprised to learn that I'm not the only person still living who attended country schools like this.

At the front of the building was the cloak room. You can see the door there in the middle. We entered by that door, hung our coats on hooks along the wall, got a drink of water from a galvanized metal bucket and dipper, and managed to get all our contagious childhood diseases out of the way at an early age.

Interior of a Country School
Barron County Historical Society Museum

The interior of our school looked similar to this one, except I remember ours being more crowded and not nearly as neat. Maybe that's because ours was full of kids.

Like this one

I don't remember if my mother cut my bangs or if
my brother cut them with his jackknife.

What I remember most about country school:

1. Getting to sit at a double desk, next to one of the big kids who helped me with my spelling words.

2. The teacher making popcorn in the basement and serving it in colorful cottage cheese cartons on days that it was too rainy or too cold to go out. 

3. The cute boy who got to raise the flag in the morning. I think he ended up in jail.

4. The nice kids who gave me their chocolate goiter (iodine) tablets. Loved those things!

5. Neighborhood parties and softball games held at the school

6. My lunchbox lunch: a tomato, a boiled egg, and tiny Morton S&P shakers to use.

7. Getting hit by a line drive to center field, by one of the dads at the end-of-year school picnic.

8. Falling out of a swing and breaking my arm because a mean kid jerked the chain on my swing. (Don't worry, I got a ton of mileage out of that one.)

9. Walking the mile to and from school - uphill both ways, of course, 
with my mean brothers running on ahead. ;-)

10. Workbooks. I liked them!


 The Bell Tower of Woodside School

Unfortunately, the big old school bell is no longer in the bell tower.  I hope someone's enjoying it. I kinda wished it were me.


Woodside, sign above the door

Every time I drive to Rice Lake, I pass another of Barron County's old country schools, one that's been converted to living quarters. But when I was a kid, it was a school. Africa School. I have no idea why it was called Africa School, but even today, I enjoy telling people that I drive past Africa on my way to Rice Lake.

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