Muyres

History

This barn and the old house in the same yard were moved to this quarter of land in the fall of 1963. Albert and Hiram James were the first people to own the barn back when it was still standing on the quarter to the south (NW 28-40-15 W4). After AtcoPower bought that quarter of land in the late 1950s, the barn was sold to the Muyres family. AtcoPower mined for a short while on the old James land but the coal was not good enough quality to warrant much exploration.

Kevin Lattery moved the barn for the Muyres. The barn had to be cut in half to move it because it was so long. The barn is approximately 80 feet long by 30 feet wide by 20 feet tall at the peak. The Muyres family insulated and double-lined the barn once it arrived. They put new tin on the roof and outer walls in the early 2000s.

The Muyres used the barn for milk cows from 1965-1981 and for pigs from 1965-1990.

Muyres, Donald. Personal communication. 15 June 2017.

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Aerial photo of farmyard taken in 1997. Range Road 154 is visible in the bottom of the frame. The southern face and western side of the barn are showing.

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Aerial photo of farmyard taken in 1997. Range Road 154 is visible in the top of the frame. The southern face and eastern side of the barn are showing.

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This frame shows the southern face of the barn and the eastern side.

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This frame is of the southern face of the barn

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This frame shows the southern face of the barn and the western side.

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This frame was taken while standing in the southern doorway looking North.

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This frame is of some of the eastern set of stalls.

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This frame is of some of the other sets of stalls on the eastern side of the barn. These stalls are in the northern half of the barn. The metal stanchions are for milking cows.

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This frame is of the same eastern stall on the north-eastern side of the barn. However, this frame was taken while standing on the North side of the barn looking South-East.

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There are some old metal ventilators in this yard as well.

Location

52.482589, -112.114978                                   SW 33-40-15 W4

Characteristics

Barn Condition: Good

Construction Date: After 1919 but before 1954, most likely the early 1920s

Features: Two cupolas

Roof Shape: Gable

Paint: Red and white

Decorations: No names or dates, white trim

Roof Covering: White tin

Siding: Red tin

Foundation: Cement

Additional History on the Property

Donald Muyres’ great-grandfather was born in Holland. Don’s grandfather and father lived in Minnesota. Don’s father came to the Battle River area in 1922 and lived on several properties (NW 29-40-14 W4 and SW 33-40-15 W4) before settling on NE 32-40-15 W4 for the remainder of his life.

 

“Donald Muyres” “Michael R. Muyres Family” “Raymond Muyres” Yesterday and Years                              Ago: A History of Forestburg and District. 1st ed. Forestburg: Forestburg                             and District Historical Book Committee, 1983. Print.

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