Section Line Road: Finding Beauty in Humble Places
The section line road will take you cross-country, through pastures, through fields, and on short cuts to town. From the time you learn to drive, which is about 10 years old, you learn to traverse the backcountry roads in all seasons: dirt or clay, gravel or scoria, blocked with snow or covered with water.
This is the first of several Quonsets that my father constructed on the farmstead. I’ve always loved the clean lines and riveted steel. This Quonset housed farm machinery, grain, and even summer parties that were interrupted by sudden downpours of rain.
With electricity in the farmer's workplace, there was a surge of farm equipment powered by electricity. Electricity powered big things like yard lights that lit up the barnyard in the dark morning hours and small things like the machine that separated cream from milk making a big job a little easier.
Surge Bucket Milker stainless steel canister
After milking each cow, the person in charge of milking that cow would carry the stainless steel container to the milk room. The fresh raw milk was poured from the milking bucket into a large square stainless steel holding tank before it was run through a cream separator.
Water Spigot in Milk Room
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Cleanliness in handling milk was priority. The milk separator room was cleaner than any kitchen. It was equipped with a water spigot and a good concrete floor, which slanted toward a drain.
Nier Feuerhand Firehand Barn Lantern
During the winter season, most of the barn chores were done with the aid of a kerosene lantern. Keep in mind that a lit lantern in a barn of highly flammable materials could be a very dangerous. Lest we forget Mrs. O’ Leary’s and her cow!
Electric light switch
From lanterns to electricity. When electricity was extended to the rural areas at the end of the 1930s, farmers' daily life changed. With electricity in the barn, farmers no longer milked cows by dim, flammable kerosene or gas lanterns. You could go to the barn, turn a switch and have light all over.
Galvanized Metal Milking Pail
Every morning. Every night. The chore of carrying a pail of ground feed to each cow, as it stood in the stanchion to be milked was a big task. Calves had to be individually fed, sometimes with a pail with a nipple on the side until they learned to drink out of the pail.