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Bowling Green in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Cattle Barn, 1892

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Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
1. Cattle Barn, 1892 Marker
Inscription.  The dispensation of public charity required Ohio counties to manage a large farm in order to establish financial independence from the local taxpayer. On May 3, 1892, Wood County Commissioners recognized the need for a larger barn on infirmary land and awarded local builders, Brown & Hummel, the contract to build a cattle barn at a cost of $3,035. Stonemason B.F. Van Camp was hired, at a cost of $1,034, to construct the barn's stone foundation. Additionally, Van Camp installed a tank for storing water, also known as a cistern, near the newly constructed barn. Toledo Architect S.P. Stewart drew up design plans and specifications at a cost of $80 and J.Y. Haisel was paid $30 to lay a brick floor. Upon completion, this barn was known as the largest in Wood County.

Originally, men used horses to cultivate the land until 1937 when a John Deere Model A tractor was purchased. The following year, the Wood County Commissioners approved the purchase of a grain binder. As the years progressed, farming at the infirmary was met with many challenges, including the supply of enough men to manage the acreage. Extensive farming
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dwindled by the late 1950s, and able-bodied infirmary residents cared more for milk cows and chickens than actual farming.

On September 8, 1965, a fire destroyed the cattle barn.

DESTROYED Fire early today destroyed a barn at the Wood County Home located on the County Home Road, southeast of Bowling Green. The Center Township Fire Department was summoned at 12:20 a.m. and the Bowling Green department at 12:32. Firemen fought the blaze for about three hours And also watered down nearby buildings. Destroyed in the fire were three steera, a pony, farm machinery, 2,500 bales of hay, 4,000 bales of straw and 2,500 bushels of oats. The barn was valued at $35,000, but no official estimate of the total damage was available. The cause of the blaze is unknown. (Sentinel Tribune staff photo)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkDisasters. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1892.
Location. 41° 21′ N, 83° 37.093′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on County Home Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green OH 43402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood County Home Cemetery (within shouting distance
Cattle Barn, 1892 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
2. Cattle Barn, 1892 Marker
of this marker); Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cisterns, Ponds, and Privies (about 300 feet away); Ice House, 1905 (about 300 feet away); Boiler House, 1898 (about 400 feet away); Gas Plant, 1906 (about 400 feet away); Wood County Museum (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Cattle Barn, 1892 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
3. Cattle Barn, 1892 Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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