This barn was built by Andrew Shogren in 1915. The land was homestead by the Shogren family in 1906. Right away, in 1907, Andrew Shogren built the lean-to part of the barn (the southern shed on the main barn). The gambrel roofed part of the barn was not built until 1915. It is known that a barn dance took place inside the loft the newly built barn in 1915 (see “Additional History on the Property” for more).
Pete Janzen bought the quarter this barn sits on in 1945. The barn was not in very good condition at the time. Pete replaced the rotted foundation sills and braced the inside of the barn so it would not lean. In the mid 1970’s, the original cedar shingles were replaced with asphalt shingles and the barn was painted white. In 2002, the wooden foundation sills were again replaced. Don Janzen lifted the barn up to replace them and to pour a concrete foundation. At this time, a metal roof was also added to the barn.
Pete Janzen immigrated to Canada from Germany with his parents Edward and Anna Janzen in 1924. The family were what was known as “Black Sea Germans“. They had to flee their homeland North of the Black Sea after turmoil in the region claimed the lives of most of their family members. Heisler was a known German settlement at the time.
This barn has housed all types of livestock over the years. Andrew Shogren used it for milk cows, beef cattle, and horses. When Pete owned it, he had horses in the barn up until about 1994 and milk cows until about 2001. For a time, Pete even raised pigs and rabbits in the barn. Don Janzen began living on the property full-time in 1977. He kept beef cattle in the beginning but stopped keeping livestock in the late 1970’s. The barn has been used for storage ever since.
Janzen, Don. Personal communication. 29 Aug. 2017.
52.490518, -111.894743 NW 36-40-14 W4
Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: 1915
Features: Hay hood
Roof Shape: Gambrel
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Metal
Siding: Wooden drop siding
Additional History on the Property
An Account on the Barn by Annie Gamroth Strachan
Strachan, Annie Gamroth. “Peter Gamroth Family”. Golden Echoes: A History of Galahad and District. 1st ed. Galahad: Galahad Historical Society, 1980. Print.
Andrew Shogren Family History
Shogren, Effie. “Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Shogren”. Golden Echoes: A History of Galahad and District. 1st ed. Galahad: Galahad Historical Society, 1980. Print.
Edward Janzen Family History
Janzen, Pete. “Edward Janzen Family”. Golden Echoes: A History of Galahad and District. 1st ed. Galahad: Galahad Historical Society, 1980. Print.
Pete Janzen Family History
Janzen, Marce. “Pete Janzen Family”. Golden Echoes: A History of Galahad and District. 1st ed. Galahad: Galahad Historical Society, 1980. Print.