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1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn/1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
1. 1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn/1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn Marker
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The Calf Barn was built in 1927 and housed the newborn calves. Newborns were raised by farm workers.

Very early one morning the 'phone rang. Morris' voice came over it: "Retta just 'dropped' a bull calf". I thrilled. Retta was one of our top females. She had been giving birth to heifer calves, which was fine, but we wanted her to give us a male calf which might develop into a future herd sire. This she had now done.
Dr. Sara Van Hoosen Jones

Dr. Sara Van Hoosen Jones built the Bull Barn in 1927. It housed the bulls, the most valuable animals in the heard. The bull pens allowed the bulls to exercise. Breeding stalls were added at the ends of three of the pens. The interior of the barn reveals that there was minimal contact between the farmers and the bulls. The mean temperament of the bulls kept every farm hand cautious around them. The most valuable bulls on the Van Hoosen Farm were Carnation, King Bessie Ormsby Pieterje 29th, and Montvic Rag Apple Baron.

I only knew as a little girl that to go to Grandma's house [and farm] afforded me the greatest pleasure I could experience. ... One day a cow was
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missing, which necessitated a hunt. Homer could walk much faster than I so he left me and went over the hill after the missing bovine. As was the custom, the bull ran with the herd. In a moment or two I looked up and saw that the bull had spied me, whereupon he began to paw and snort and approach me very slowly. I picked up a stick and shouted "Homer, Homer, Homer!" Over the hill he came, taking the bull by surprise from the rear. I had not dared to run for my legs were too short to make any needed progress.
Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones
 
Erected by Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.
 
Location. 42° 41.727′ N, 83° 6.886′ W. Marker is in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Van Hoosen Road south of Runyon Road. Touch for map. Marker can be seen from the parking lot of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1927 Van Hoosen Dairy Barn (a few steps from this marker); Stoney Creek Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah (about 300 feet away); 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse (about
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300 feet away); Before lawn mowers... (about 600 feet away); 1850 Red House (about 600 feet away); Stoney Creek School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stony Creek Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester Hills.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article. (Submitted on May 21, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
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1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn (left), 1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn (right), and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
4. 1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn (left), 1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn (right), and Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 21, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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