Two new features – a late 1800s barn and a granary – have been restored by the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn. at the club’s show grounds. The barn and granary are located at the south end of the show grounds.
The main frame of the barn measures 18 feet by 36 feet with 14-foot sidewalls. Hand-hewn timbers were pinned with wooden pins. Roof boards and other lumber were sawed at the Pioneer Power sawmill in 2016.
Photos from Glenn Holicky
The main frame and completed barn were restored to their original design. Reconstruction was completed in 31 days by Pioneer Power volunteers. A hay track and carrier were installed in the barn, which will be used for hay unloading demonstrations. Visitors can also walk through the barn and see many historical hay tools and barn memorabilia.
A wooden grain building was relocated to the Pioneer Power grounds and has been converted to a 1-1/2-story working granary. Owned by Dan Holicky and his family (Jerre, Alex and Hallie), it is being used for milling feed and seed.
Dan added a lean-to and a lineshaft (powered by a 10hp McCormick-Deering engine). He plans to demonstrate corn shellers and feed grinders there. A second lineshaft runs from the granary to a fanning mill that will be used to clean seed.
It is nice to have young members doing their part to preserve traditional farm methods and educate young people. These demonstrations and many more can be seen during the 46th annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Assn. show, Aug. 23-25, 2019.
Glenn Holicky, 36086 221st Ave.,
Le Center, MN 56057; (507) 241-0041