This barn was built in the summer of 1970. The original barn, built by Joe and Carrie Brausen, Glen Brausen’s parents, burned to the ground in May of 1970. The milking machine, cream separator, and other items were lost, but only one cow, a calf, and some pigs perished. During construction of the barn, the cows were milked outside, often in pouring rain.
This arch rib barn originally had drop siding, cedar shingles, and a small sliding hay door on each end of the hay loft. A lean-to addition was built on the eastern side of the barn to house pigs and calves. Herman Roth was the main carpenter with many friends and neighbours helping out. When construction was completed, a barn dance was held in the loft as a sign of appreciation for all the help from those friends and neighbours.
Glen and Germaine Brausen, sons of Joe and Carrie, continued to milk cows in this new barn and ship cream. Later the barn was used for calving beef cows. Glen continued to raise pigs in the lean-to, mostly for the annual family hog butchering. As many as 13 pigs were butchered one year.
Glen and Germaine’s sons especially enjoyed playing in the barn; even daring one of their brothers to jump out of the hayloft. It only winded him, but his brothers thought he was dead. Instead of rushing to his aid, a lengthy discussion ensued about how much trouble they were going to be in!
In the mid 90’s, the barn roof was tinned, and the barn painted. Colin and Barb purchased the land after the passing of Barb’s dad, Glen. Presently the barn is used for storage.
Kroetsch, Colin and Barb. Personal communication. 27 Jul. 2017.
Kroetsch, Colin and Barb. Wagon Trails in the Sod: A History of the Heisler Area: Volume II. 1st ed. Heisler: Heisler Community Historical Society, 2017, pg. 644. Print.
52.745494, -112.305558 NW 15-42-16 W4
Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: 1970
Roof Shape: Arched
Paint: Red with white trim
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Metal
Siding: Wooden drop siding