Illinois Man's Collection Captures the Essence of Farm Heritage

Ronn Dillavou's collection of "junk" is anything but. The items covering the walls and filling the shelves and cabinets of his corncrib tell stories of our farming heritage.

Wire doormat with marbles
Clay marbles pressed into openings on this wire doormat freeze a moment in time — but the date's significance is lost to history. No matter: May 19 happens to be Ronn's birthday, so this piece was a perfect fit for his collection.
Photo by Leslie McManus