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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

Log raising


and built upon one and another. This took a lot of help.
As the settlers had established themselves with better
facilities for entertainment, these raisings became more
and more occasions for feasting and merry-making. House-
wives began to compete in the preparation of tempting foods,
and the tables groaned with substantial dishes and goodies.
If the new settler did not have them, the neighbors
brought them. When the building of log structures began
to come into disuse, it was followed by frame structures.
Dwellings only acquired a few carpenters to erect the
framework of the structure.
Plank frame barns were built up to the middle of the 19th
century. These barns were built of eight or ten inch by
two inches thick of oak plans, 8 - 10 - 12, or 16 foot
planks or as the length required. These were spiked or
bolted together on the ground floor in sections. They
were then raised to a perpendicular position and bolted
to the section nearest. These sections were mostly 14
or 16 feet high. The roof was again built in sections
called hip roof in contrast to a gable roof. These
barns were of various lenghts, 36 - 60 - 80 or even 100
feet depending on the need of the farmer and head of
cattle and horses.
At that time the octagon frame barn came into being. They
were particularly favored by farmers by the name of
Clausing, who had their farms along the old Port Washing-
ton Road. The reason for this particular type of barn


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