Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Connected to Luther
My wife, our next door neighbor lady and the neighbor lady beyond her all graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. We recently attended our nephew's Decorah High School graduation. I saw this 10,000 square foot barn there that can trace its history back to 1868 and English settlers, Captain Anderson Ashmore and Thomas Filbert. After a bad wheat harvest in 1874, Ashmore returned to England and Jacob Jewell, a Yankee settler, bought the place and built a second barn. In the 1880s, Jewell's son, Frank, added another section and at the turn-or-the-century, the barns were connected and the long section extended. Frank sold it to Luther College in 1929. The barn housed livestock and produced milk, meat and eggs for college students and staff until the 1960s. The Amish later restored the barn. To see other "Barn Charm" participants, click here.