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IIl,,itilh,l,flqhhhhnttiqllh,,tflhihl,lmhl,htl,,q MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPapers Inc, 09113/99 217WCOTA SHELTON. WA 98584-l[H[L B 1 6 , llPlJlpl, illl!!l!r!l!lll], Wednesday August 21, 2013 $1.00 Volume No. 28 NUMBER 52 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition County Fairs provide a wide variety of things to do for young and old. Right: These youngsters were having fun riding the roller coaster at the Murray County Fair last Friday afternoon. Below: Carnival amusements began opening Friday afternoon with young- sters looking over the prizes and hoping to win their choice of everything from stuffed toys to posters. More pictures and 4-H winners on page eight. Cottonwood County Citizen Photo by Rahn Larson By RAHN LARSON Cottonwood County Citizen As the region's century farms go, the Vosberg homestead is a true old:timer. It was homesteaded in 1888, a full 25 years before Gordon Vosberg's grandparents, Edward and Anna Cohrs, purchased the farm in 1913. The purchase price was $8,600. "It was homesteaded by a Scandinavian who bought 160 acres for $8," Gordon Vosberg said. "At the time, there was a railroad that ran through from Currie to Bingham Lake. We were surprised to learn that they purchased this land from the U.S. government and not the railroad, but that is what it says in the abstract." Shortly after purchasing the property for $8,600 in May of 1913, the owners sold the east 80-acre parcel to the owners of adjoining land. While the farm place has seen its share of changes over the years, it continues to be productive and treasured by Gordon and Linda. Gordon continues to farm while his wife, Linda, works at the Slayton Post Office She spent 20 years with the post office, 17 as a carrier. Gordon's parents buy farm The farm was held by the Cohrs until 1947, when Edward Cohrs passed away. From there, Gordon's parents, George and Rose Vosberg purchased the farm. The Vosbergs proceeded to start building many of the current buildings. They constructed a machine shed, chicken house, hog house and more. The chicken house, which was built with double walls and insu- lation, served its first year as a living quarters while the family's house was being built. "They hung blankets to divide the rooms," Linda said. "And they lived there for almost a year." Once the house was finished, they proceeded to construct more buildings, which again were ultimately remodeled into something different. The dairy barn was used just a few years for that purpose before the larger dairy barn was constructed in 1951. The old barn was eventually turned into a hog house. As they researched the century farm's history, the Vosbergs uncovered some interesting history. For instance, they learned that $2,200 was the original estimate for the barn's building materials. That included $120 for 100 bags of cement. They also learned that, like many other farms of the era, the Vosberg farm was quite diversified. "At one time, this farm had dairy, some hogs and chickens," Gordon said, with a chuckle. Over time, the family added a machine shed, farrowing building, nursery and remodeled the farm house. "We raised all four of our kids, (Jean, 42; Jim, 39; Julie, 37 and Joe, 34) in the original house," Linda said. "And Gordy lived here since he was two years old. The only time he didn't live here was when he was gone to serve in the military." Livestock was present on the farm until Gordon's father had some health issues and retired in 1965. At the time, all of the live- stock was moved off the farm and the land was rented out. Vosberg -- on page 3 ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 IN SIDE PAGE 3 EDUCATION PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED ADSPAGE 9 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 AREA NEWS PAGE 10 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 I Holiday ] deadline chhnaes I CLASSIFIEDS'ADVERTISING v I I Because of the Labor Day Holiday the Sentinel Tribune willI CIRCULATION 507-274-6136 I have early deadlines. I OR 800-410-1859 [ Deadline for all classified ads is 9 a.m Thursday, August 29. I [ Display peach ad deadline will be 12 noon on Thursday, [ Please read and recycle I August 29. I I Display ad and news copy deadline for Sen el Tribune will ] Printed with Soybased Ink I be Fridap noon, August 30. I Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune