This barn was built in 1918 by Bernard Bendfeld with the help of a local construction company. The barn was originally used as a shelter for horses and milk cows. The loft of the barn was used for hay and straw storage. Bernard Bendfeld emigrated from Germany to the US in 1901. He homesteaded the quarter of land this barn stands on in 1904. The Feddema brothers filed for the land on Bernard’s behalf. Their barn is also featured in this database.
In 1965, Raymond Bendfeld, the youngest son of the late Bernard Bendfeld, took over this farmstead. He and his wife, Leona, used the barn for milking cows. They also added pig pens and a pen for chickens inside the western shed of the barn. Additionally, this barn was occasionally used for calving. The loft of the barn was always used by Raymond for hay and straw storage. A “few” baseballs went through the barn windows in Raymond’s rea, so they are not all original.
In 2000, the farmstead was purchased by Brent and Denise Bendfeld. When their two children were young, the family sometimes raised chickens, sheep, and goats inside the barns. Now the barn is mainly used for storage of hay bales and other items. Brent and Denise had the roof of the barn tinned in 2003 and the outside walls tinned in 2006. Many of the barn’s windows and doors were covered with tin at this time. However, beneath the tin, these features still exist and can be exposed in the future if desired. The interior of the barn remains mostly untouched since its initial construction
Bendfeld, Denise. Personal communication. 31 Aug. 2017.
Bendfeld, Brent and Denise. Wagon Trails in the Sod: A History of the Heisler Area: Volume II. 1st ed. Heisler: Heisler Community Historical Society, 2017, pg. 616. Print.
52.681988, -112.130915 NW 04-43-15 W4
Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: 1918
Features: Hay hood, hay track, hay carrier
Roof Shape: Gambrel
Decorations: The year of construction is on the southern face of the barn
Roof Covering: Metal
Additional History on the Property
Bernard Bendfeld Family History
“Bendfeld, Bernard”. Wagon Trails in the Sod: A History of Heisler and Area: Volume I. 1st ed. Heisler: Heisler Historical Society, 1982. Print.
Brent and Denise Bendfeld Family History
“Bendfeld, Brent and Denise”. Wagon Trails in the Sod: A History of Heisler and Area: Volume II. 1st ed. Heisler: Heisler Historical Society, 1982. Print.