By Allan G. Bogue
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A few years later I lived in terror of George’s uncertain temper for a day or so after a stone from my slingshot punctured the ball on the south end rod. ” And so it proved. Rain drained from the great shiny expanse of roof via eave troughs and piping to the cisterns at the north end of the barn and adjacent to the milk house. Suspended in the interior peak of the barn was a track for the hay car. With its big harpoon fork and sling rope hook, this device eased the task of unloading wagons of hay or sheaves of grain.
The wing had a woodshed attached on the north side, its walls faced with metal shingling, its roof made of corrugated iron. George employed carpenters to modernize the house somewhat prior to our occupancy, but it lacked the furnace and central heating of the house on the southeast corner farm. Instead of the outdoor toilet to which we were accustomed, however, we could now use a privy in the corner of the woodshed. The wooden receptacle of this one was set in a dry well and could be removed and hauled away for disposal of its contents.
Vaguely I remember an afternoon when some of the neighbors came in to help the carpenters with the erection of the barn frame, using a block and tackle arrangement. The carpenters joined the great beams to each other by pounding wooden pegs into end holes bored with an auger. The occasion was not the great neighborhood gathering that some social historians describe, although I believe sandwiches, cake, and lemonade were served. Later the building crew laid siding from the old barn over the new rafters to provide backing for a shiny layer of corrugated metal roofing.