It is not known when this barn was constructed but it is known that it was moved to the property it now stands on in 1949. The barn was moved by Floyd Robinson at the request of the John and Laverne Borgel family. The Borgel family purchased this quarter of land from the White family. The barn was purchased from Nels Sorenson and moved from SW 02-44-13 W4. In order to get the barn to this property, the barn had to pass under a power line! Before the move, the barn did not have the western shed addition or the two wooden cupolas. These were both added by John Borgel in the early 1950’s.
The Borgel family originally used the barn for cow-calf pairs and their draft horses. However, in 1951 the family began milking cows and had the barn remodeled for that use. This meant that milking stanchions and a feed walk-way were added to the western side of the main barn.
In the fall of 1974, John and Laverne sold the property to Jim and Eldred Tindall. The pair had four children: Lyn Alice, Lyle, Shelaine, and Sheldon. The Tindall family changed many of the milking stalls and all of the horse stalls into box stalls for their beef cattle operation. The last time the barn was completely painted was in 1978/79. At this time, the phrase, “B&T RANCHES” was also painted on the southern face of the barn.
Sheldon and Donna Tindall were married in 1988 and both have lived on this property ever since. They raised their two children, Ashley and Jonathan, here.
Tindall, Sheldon and Donna. Personal communication. 22 Aug. 2017.
“Farm Buildings”. Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts. 1st Ed. Sedgewick: Sedgewick Historical Society, 1982, pg. 778. Print.
52.787265, -111.751915 SE 13-44-13 W4
Barn Condition: Fair
Construction Date: Unknown
Features: Two cupola chutes
Roof Shape: Gambrel
Decorations: Used to have, “B&T RANCHES” painted on the southern face
Roof Covering: Metal and cedar shingles
Siding: Wooden drop siding
Additional History on the Property
Land Title Search from the Glenbow Museum
The following information about this quarter of land can be found in the Glenbow Museum’s Archives of CPR Land Sales at this link.
Jim and Eldred Tindall Family History
“Jim and Eldred Tindall”. Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts. 1st Ed. Sedgewick: Sedgewick Historical Society, 1982. Print.
John and Laverne Borgel Family History
For the following histories, the first two images are from Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts while the second two images are from The Pleasant Country: Volume I, Killam and District 1903-1993.
Arntzen, Carol (Borgel). “The John Borgel Family”. Sedgewick Sentinel: A History of Sedgewick and Surrounding Districts. 1st Ed. Sedgewick: Sedgewick Historical Society, 1982. Print.
The Family. “John and Laverne Borgel Family”. The Pleasant Country: Volume I Killam and District 1903-1993. 1st ed. Killam: Killam Historical Society, 1993. Print.
Nels and Ida Sorenson Family History
“Nels and Ida Minnie Sorenson Family”. The Pleasant Country: Volume II Killam and District 1903-1993. 1st ed. Killam: Killam Historical Society, 1993. Print.