“Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.” ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
This aerial view has brought back a few memories and stories. The former Hahn Dairy and Chicken farm has gone through many transformations over the years. The warehouse was built in 1964, the attached office and showroom in 1972. When the folks started HAHN INDUSTRIES at the farm in 1960, the office was in the milk house, next to the house where the garage is today.
Notice the caboose in the display area. It was an old E.J.&E. caboose used as a gift shop. It was purchased and brought down the Illinois Central rail line from Chicago. They used a crane to move it from the railroad tracks to the display yard. It deteriorated over time and has since been removed.
In the upper left hand corner of the top photograph, the buildings with an enclosed pasture was our little menagerie. My Great-Uncle Louie raised white-tail deer, peacocks, exotic pheasants and chickens, wild turkeys and monkeys. Most everyone my age in Cullom will remember our monkey ‘Coco’. <I just had someone ask me about him the other day>. Coco made many trips to school when my Dad would take him for us kid’s show and tell days. <Unfortunately, I don’t recall ever seeing photographs of Coco, he was a character!>
Many years ago, the area in the top photograph with the six white circles use to be a cow pasture. After they would chase the cows out, the Chicago Bears would practice and scrimmage in Cullom. <I’ve seen a photograph with them, but unable to find it, still searching!>
The barn had a round brick silo, which in later years we used as a rubbish incinerator. The story goes when they went to take the silo down, my Dad and his friend, Clinton Clausen were going to blow it apart to remove it. They used a bit too much dynamite, rattled every window in town, and blew out the corner of the barn as well. But, they did get it down!
The barn was demolished this past August, <no dynamite involved> and as of this writing we’re still cleaning up the last remnants. A new display area is being planned.
Over the past years there have been many modifications to the Hahn Farm.
My Grandpa always said… “You don’t make anything too permanent around here, you never know when you will have to change it.” He was a very wise man!