Goodbye to the old farm

My grandparents recently moved into an apartment and left the old farmstead. I went there yesterday and dug around and was allowed to take whatever I wanted. I got some cool tools, a vintage tie, and old tube radio (that still works) and some other momentos. The house is over 100 years old and my grandparents have lived there since the late 40’s. It will probably be torn down. They lived half-way between Tyndall and Springfield.



#1 Joan on 08.13.12 at 6:22 pm

My former in-laws lived 10 miles from Avon, 10 miles from Tyndall, and 10 miles from Springfield.

#2 sd-cpa on 08.13.12 at 6:48 pm

These transitions are sad — I often think “if these walls [of abandoned farmsteads] could talk” we would have treasure-troves of family and community histories.

#3 Reader on 08.13.12 at 7:29 pm

I understand saying “goodbye to the old farm” and dealing with grandparents and parents moving into new living arrangements. That the old house will probably be torn down, I’m sure, will be sad. But those old ties, tools, radio, and so forth will end up being treasures for happy memories for you for many, many years.
I agree with sd-cpa’s sentiment, too. Time and life goes on…

#4 l3wis on 08.13.12 at 8:24 pm

Thank you reader. I was really depressed yesterday. Not for me, but for them. They know the end of the road is near, and leaving the farm confirms it.

I did get a smile on my face though as we were leaving, my grandma grabbed the Chinese Checkers tin board as we were leaving. I am pretty sure my dad and uncle played it as kids as well as I. It’s like a cross between cribbage, chess and checkers, and a gob of fun.

#5 Poly43 on 08.14.12 at 7:27 am

Scott, were there any old outbuildings other than what is shown in your pic’s?

#6 Detroit Lewis on 08.14.12 at 9:38 am

They have all been torn down except the hog barn (that is about ready to fall over) and the silo.

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