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Grant and David visit Corsica, South Dakota

September, 2005


The farm was known as Silverdale Stock farm. This was in big letters on the side of the barn, that could be seen from the road. The live stock we had included pure bred Holstein cattle that because of their high quality Dad sold Bull caves to dairies all over. He even sold and shipped calves to five different countries including Australia. When Dad decided to retire and had sale dairymen came from as far as California to buy live stock. Other animals that we had were horses, pigs and chickens. The size of the farm was a one half section -- 320 acres. Our main crops were corn, wheat, oats and barley. some land was pasture for the horses and cattle. We had a hay field to feed the cattle we also had a silo that we filled every summer for winter feed for the cows. When I was about 8 I was working in the field with 4 horses using different farm machinery. When I was 14. I did most of the field work using a tractor most of the time. By that time my older brothers were no longer living at home. Dad and the smaller kids took care of the animals. That included feeding and milking the cows, separating the milk and selling the cream. Always had quite few chickens. sold the eggs. We also had a lot of honey bees that was quite a bit of work some times of the year. When they were swarming and when we harvested the honey.

Grant Vogel

1. We flew from Denver to Souix Falls


2. Our first view of the farm from the north


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4. silos


5.fence on north side


6. fence inspection


7. barbed wire on top, hog wire on the bottom


7. Martin and I built that fence over 70 years ago.


9. NW corner of the farm


10. driveway


11. from the south


12. new farm house


13. looking around


14. the old chicken house


15. barnyard


16. on top of the windmill


17. the old barn


18. let's take a look in the old barn


19. we used to milk cows here


20. milking stanchions


21. hay loft


22. silos


23. friendly farm dog


24. they look healthy!


25. the old cistern


26. the cistern pump now decorates the flower garden


27. just like I remembered it


28. old mail box in the flower garden


29. The one room school house stood here, one mile east of the farm


30. downtown Corsica during rush hour


31. Corsica cemetary


31. relatives still live in the area


32. The old farm house has been moved into town


33. old photo of the farm house


34. upstairs bedroom


35. old door upstairs


36. farm house stairway


37. the farm from above


38. from The Corsica Globe