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Barn Raising
Barn Raising., IHS1459
Barn Raising
Image taken in June, 1932, of a barn raising taking place at Mr. and Mrs. Cyril McDonald's farm. A group of men can be seen raising and assembling the barn. Barn raising was a community event. There are two boys observing the event - Howard Ferrier and Lloyd Annis. Kenneth McDonald can be seen fourth fro the right in the image. Robert Ferrier is to the right of Howard Ferrier. It is believed that the Bertram Brothers led the construction on the barn., IHS1457
Barn Raising
Barn at Cookstown is Raised by Hand!
Barn Raising
Image taken of a barn raising. In the image a group of men can be seen assembling the formational beams on top of the stone foundation. Barn raising was considered a community event., IHS881
Barn Raising
Image taken in June 1932, of a barn raising at Mr. and Mrs. Cyril's farm. People can be seen in the image beginning to raise the first part onto the stone foundation. Picture in this image are: Howard Ferrier, Lloyd Annie, Kenneth McDonald, Robert Ferrier, among others., IHS1458
Barn Raising
Photo of a large number of men standing on the site of a barn raising, posing for the photograph. The raising of a barn was a labour intensive task that required the use of many hands, so it often turned into a community event where neighbours would help build each other's barns. The date and location of this barn raising is unknown, but it does demonstrate that this was a predominantly male activity. Rolling hills are visible in the background, and the foundations of the barn or a fence are visible in the foreground., IHS83
Barn Raising
Image taken of a group of men participating in a barn raising, suspected to have been taken around 1880. Men can be seen working together raising arches and beams to create the structure of the barn., IHS882
Barn Raising - James Leonard
Photo taken during a barn raising at the home of James Leonard., IHS135
Barn Raising 1900-1905
Barn raising: S1/2 Lot 18, Conc. 4. Only known example of a barn with a wooden foundation. Photo by Lydia Beatty. (glass negative). #3355
Barn Raising 1900-1905
Barn raising: S1/2 Lot 18, Conc. 4. Only known example of a barn with a wooden foundation. Photo by Lydia Beatty. (glass negative). #3355
Barn Raising after storm
Before and after pictures of a barn, taken in 1958 after a storm. Description is taken from tape recorded discussion of the photo by Don Beatty (Lefroy) and John Cowan (Knock). Don Beatty speaking: On July 3rd, 1957, a freak windstorm went through and leveled my barn and several others. With a lot of volunteer help it was rebuilt. Frank, you remember that storm! This is Mr. Frank Cowan who has joined us now. Yes it did; it took the east half of the north mow of the barn off and took it down into the field about twenty rods that afternoon. It hit Craig Hunter's Poultry Farm next; went down through your bush, I guess. Yes, mowed through the bush and took down a lot of trees; cedars and seemed to hit Craig Hunter's next. It got to my place and took down the Bob Johnson barn next door and Hyslops and Abramskys; did a little bit of damage at Duncan's, a little bit at the old Percy Thompson place and then seemed to skip over the hill and just flattened the barn down at Harvey Ralston's on the south half of Lot 22, Concession 6; just banged it right down. It didn't cut a very wide swath but it banged it right down through the townhsip. It was a real freak windstorm. *Note: It is difficult to determine who is speaking each sentence without the original recordings., IHS404a
Barn Raising at Frank Sawyer's
Image taken in 1910 during the barn raising at Frank Sawyer's farm. In the image, seven men can be seen wearing work clothes and leaning up against the side of the barn. Barn raising was a community event during this time., IHS1953
Barn Raising at James Leonard's
Image taken in 1935 of the barn raising of James Leonard and Annie Leonard. In the image, most of the structural beams have been assembled above the stone foundation. The beams are exposed as no siding or roof has been put on yet. The following description is taken from a tape recorded discussion between Don Beatty (R.R.1 Lefroy) and John Cowan (Knock) at the Innisfil Historical Society: " This shows a picture of the barn raising of James Leonard and Annie Leonard's farm, Lot 23, Concession 10, in 1935. They had a barn dance after it was finished"., IHS133
Barn Raising at John Leonard's
Image taken during the barn raising in 1907 on farm of John Leonard, Lot 22, Concession 10, Stroud. He was the father of Jim Leonard. Description of photo is taken from tape recorded discussion transcription between Don Beatty (R.R. 1, Lefroy) and John Cowan (Knock) "[This barn] would be considered Jim's west barn; and he took over the uncle's farm - Robert Leonard - and used to go back and forth and do chores. One brother was Robert and the other was John, Jim's father, and he lived on the west place and this barn was being built on that farm. The old Leonard homestead was the east place and that was always referred to as "Kildare Farm".", IHS131a
Barn Raising for Chris Grose
Photo showing a number of men standing on the foundation of a barn, as well as standing or sitting on the timber support beams of a barn during its raising. This was a barn raising for Chris Grose. Because of the large number of men needed to build a barn in a timely manner, barn raisings were a community event with neighbours friends and family all contributing to the construction.
Barn Raising of John Leonard
Barn raising in 1907 on the farm of John Leonard, Lot 22, Concession 10, Stroud. He was the father of Jim Leonard. The following description was taken from tape recorded discussion transcription between Don Beatty (R.R. 1, Lefroy) and John Cowan (Knock). [This barn] would be considered Jim's west barn after he took over his uncle's farm - Robert Leonard - and used to go back and forth and do chores. One brother was Robert and the other was John, Jim's father, and he lived on the west place and this barn was being built on that farm. The old Leonard homestead was the east place and that was always referred to as "Kildare Farm"., IHS131(b)
Barn Raising on Fred Lucas Farm
Image taken of a barn raising on Fred Lucas' farm. It was built as an addition to the end of the barn already standing, which can be seen in the right of the image. A group of men can be seen raising the wooden formations onto the stone foundations., IHS1597
Barn Raising, John Leonard farm
Image taken in 1907, at the barn raising that took place on John Leonard's farm. In the image, a group of men can be seen raising the wooden structural beams on top of the stone foundation. The farm was located in Craigvale (Stroud), at Lot 22, concession 10., IHS130
Barn Raising- Burnside
Image taken in 1930, of a barn raising at the farm of Walter and Edna Allan. The previous barn has been destroyed in a fire. This caused the barn to be called "Burnside". The image shows the wooden structural beams standing on the stone foundations of the barn. The barn is located at lot 15, concession 5., IHS1307
Barn at Somers Homestead
Image suspected to be taken around 1910. The image was taken of the barn at Somer Homestead, located on lot 6, concession 10., IHS3222
Barn in Winter
Image taken in 1906 of Arthur Little's barn. There is snow on the ground, and the roof of the barn. Five cows can be seen in the snow, in the image. The barn was later inherited by Arthur's son, William., IHS707
Barn on Pearson Property
Photo of the barn at SH Lot 2, Concession 10, Innisfil, taken on May of 2002 by Ray Crane, Grandson of William Pearson. An account writen by Ray Crane: "According to notes left me by my parents, Francis Crane and Noleata (Pearson) Crane, the foundation of this barn was built shortly after by Noleata's parents William Pearson and Rhoda (Hubbert) Pearson, in 1893. In writing of the "Family History", Francis Crane recounts that William Pearson once told him that he contracted out the building of the foundation for the sum of one humdred dollars. In addition he provided all the materials and boarded the three men. Information as to the raising of the top part of the barn I do not have.", IHS4085
Barrie Cenotaph
Photograph of names of Innisfil men killed in World War II.
Barrie Cenotaph
A photograph of the Barrie Cenotaph, where the men of Innisfil lost in World War I and World War II are listed. Location - downtown Barrie, Memorial Square.
Barrie Model School Pupils And Teacher
Class portrait of the teachers and pupils at the Barrie Model School. The back row is standing, the middle row seated, and the front row is seated on the floor. Some of those pictured include: Orrit Sloan, Annie Dodds, Miss. Boyd, Ella Usher, Alena McGregor, [first name unknown] Geeson, [first name unknown], O'Conner, Jessie McCullough, Margaret Ferguson, Miss. Wainman, Maggie Johnston, Miss. McCutcheon, Daisy Langman, Stella Wainman, Tim Hawman, Maude Wagner, Bessie Johnston, Ida Usher, Ella Gilchrist, May Belrose, Susie Mingay, Jean Quinlan, Pauline Ryan, Jennie McBratney, [first name unknown] Eden, Ida Robinson, Chester Livingston, Ethel Hamilton, and the school Principal, Mr. Hallet, in the centre.
Barrie-Toronto Bell Cable
Clipping from the Barrie Examiner showing scenes on route of the new Barrie-Toronto Bell telephone toll cable. Mr. Robert Eldrige and George Squibb are shown in the picture., IHS2776
Barry Family Home
Image taken around the 1900s of the Barry Family home. The family can be seen positioned on the front porch of their house for the image. The house is suspected to be gothic revival in style. It was located to the East of the railway in Lefroy, on the North side. The house has since burnt down., IHS3534
Baseball Game
Image taken in 1967 of a baseball game in progress. A man can be seen batting, wearing uniform that says "Golf Haven Country Club". There is also a backstop and umpire. Outside of the batting cage, there is a crowd sitting in bleacher stands spectating the game. It is suspected that this event was part of Canada's Centennial Celebrations that took place at Cookstown Agricultural Fairgrounds.
Baseball Game - Fathers And Daughters
Baseball game - fathers and daughters. Top Row: Charlie McLennan, ___, Mr. Whan, Mr. Douse (Lefroy Post Master), ___, Chas. Forster (Fern's father), ___, ___, ___. Middle Row: Madeleine Forster (14 yrs.), ___, ___, Mabel McLennan Bottom Row: May Gulston, Grace Gulston, ___, ___, Fern Forster, ___, ___, ___, ___, Harry Douse., IHS3827

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