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Celebrating Our Past: Green County Historical Society
Fifty men showed up at the George Bidlingmaier farm in Clarno Township on June 19, 1914 to raise a barn on the farm that he had purchased two years earlier from Antone Jenny. Under the supervision of Fred Ritchards, designer of the barn and boss carpenter, they had the heavy frame in place and ready for the wall plate by noon. The barn was 80 feet by 36 feet and had all of the new improvements of the time, including watering and ventilating systems, stanchions, cement floor, and more. As was typical of barn raisings of the day, the men had an enjoyable intermission at noon when they were scattered about on the lawn for dinner. A. F. Rote furnished the material. This photo is from the collection of glass negatives taken by Will E. Trukenbrod. If you have any photographs that show a bygone era that GCHS could copy to add to their collection, contact Matt Figi at 608-325-6503 or (Photo supplied by the Green County Historical Society)