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Out of the attic

100 years ago

Gordon Reyburn dropped off a couple of photos of his family’s farm, as it appeared 100 years ago.

John J. Reyburn, Gordon’s grandfather, moved with his parents, from New York to Algoma Township, when he was 7 years old (about 1870). He married Adelia Ann Miller on August 10, 1886, and they lived many years on the Reyburn family homestead, at 1869 Indian Lakes Rd, between Algoma and Pennington. Adelia died in 1927, and the farm was sold to another family in 1935. John died in 1947, in Grand Rapids, and was buried in Myers Cemetery in Sparta.

The barn in the photo shows about 75 people helping with construction in 1912. (Notice the name and year on the barn.)

The second photo features the family and the newly constructed barn. Back row (L to R): Clay, Vernon, Leo, Noel. Center (L to R): Adelia (Mother), Shelby, John (Father), Harlow, Ottie. Front row (L to R): Boyd, Glowen, and Clifford.

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