This picture sits above my computer; my brother and I found it at our local library last spring. It’s our barn at the farm where we grew up. My parents purchased the farm in 1957 and we took possession January 1, 1958. The farm was known as The Old Higgins Place.
In the picture, the barn looks pretty new so we assume this picture was taken shortly after it was built. In the picture are some cattle, horses, and chickens if you look really close. For those of you not familiar with barn terminology… this is a bank barn, either built into the side of a hill or constructed with a bank of dirt so there was access at different levels.
It was a pretty cool place for kids to hang out. Under the hill leading up to the top level (called the haymow) was a small room. In the picture the white horse is standing in front of a small window which allowed light in that small room. In that room, we would place baby calves when they were weaned from their mother. One of my jobs was to mix the milk replacer in a bucket which had a large nipple attached. I would then attempt to feed the calves, not an easy task for an adult, let alone a ten year old girl. The baby calves were always starving and eager to receive the nourishment so they would just about attack me and the bucket (which had an attachment that allowed it to be hooked over the wooden gate.) Many a bucket of milk was knocked off the fence and spilled. I loved that little room. It was filled with straw to keep the calves clean and dry and it was just the perfect place for a young girl to play and pretend.