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Hwy 370, NE

hwy 370

On February 9, 1893 John Seibold purchased a quarter section of land (about 160 acres) southwest of Omaha, NE and built a house, chicken coop, and a few barns in the years following. He and his wife farmed the land until 1910, when injuries sustained in a horse accident forced them to move into town. The Seibolds rented out the farm until their daughter Blanche and son George took over in 1925. Blanche’s children lived and worked on the farm until the land was sold in 2014.

The barns, called “sheds” by the family, were used mainly for farm equipment storage, holding a wooden elevator, wheat bin, tractors, a grain drill, plows, a grain binder, and garden tools. According to Blanche’s son Richard, “One shed had a loft in which old things were storeda swing set, a one-horse sleigh, window screens, a horse-drawn single walking plow, a huge metal open tank, stays from a covered wagon, boards, boxes of old stuff from the housea great place to play for a farm kid.”

The two sheds in their original location are shown in the first picture, which was taken in June 1950. One shed was moved to make room for a new house (see figure 3, taken in 1980).