Our farm was built in 1898. It was originally owned by Andrew Perry Dye and his wife Helen. They were from Wisconsin and he had served in the army during the Civil War for the Wisconsin 32nd Infantry as a Sargent. According to the records of our local cemetery, he was born in December of 1843 and passed away in 1921. His wife Helen passed away in 1919. Records show that they are both buried in the Union Cemetery here on Orchard Prairie, but I was only able to find the headstone of Mr. Dye. Many of these old stones have not weathered well, so it may have simply fallen apart over the years. The Orchard Prairie history book shows a Helen Dye in a 1913 photo of middle schooler’s. Given the time frame, I am guessing this was probably a grandchild of Andrew and Helen Dye, but no other information on her is available. Our farmhouse was sold in 1920 to a young energetic couple named Royal and Phoebe Cutler.
Apparently the old cold storage sheds were torn down only a few years prior to our moving here. There were several of them and they had been used to store carrots and turnips. They had become dilapidated and were considered a risk to children that were known to go “exploring” in these old buildings. I am also told there was an old barn and a couple of other outbuildings that no longer exist. We do still have the old original garage, which was once a carriage house for the wagons of the early owners. In the 1950s, they added garage doors more suited for an automobile. Where I am guessing the old barn stood, is now our shop. While it is large and heated, I so wish it had the personality I am sure the original barn once had.
Tonight I just got home after setting up for our latest show, “Pickin’ Christmas”, which will take place at the Greyhound Event Center in Post Falls Idaho this coming weekend, December 3 and 4. We have the spots all marked off, the placement figured out for everything from decor to ticket booths . . . and my booth is done. I am pleased with how simple it came together and how nice I think it will display. But still tonight finds me anxious and stressed.