Vern Birney in his wheat crop, 1980's
The barn was built 1912 for Henry W. Fromme to house his draft horses that pulled the machinery to grow the wheat crops. Four years later, the Fromme family bought their first tractor in 1916, thus the barn was obsolete in just four short years after it was built. The machinery of today is pulled by large tractors and the farmers use new higher yielding varieties, fertilizers and pest management that produces higher yields than were produced in 1912. Stewardship of the land in maintaining soil quality allows for the farmers to reach their goal of leaving this productive soil to produce crops for generations to come.