Sunday, April 6, 2008

I took the picture of this bell last week and forgot about it till now. I have been doing a little research on the C.S. Bell Co. Charles Singleton Bell was born February 7, 1828 in Maryland. After completing his schooling, he went to Pittsburgh to learn the foundry business from an uncle. He took charge of a Whitley Foundry in Springfield...then moved to Dayton, and then began his own company with one or two employees on January 7, 1958...they began to manufacture bells in 1875. From what I have read, this bell was probably made 1905 or later...I have only give a few very basic facts taken from THIS page, but the reading is so much more interesting HERE.

The company, now located in Tiffin Ohio, is still in business making hammer mills, glass crushers, conveyors and other equipment. If you want to see their website click Here.

This is a barn I found several years ago...I have often wondered what its original purpose was.
Any ideas? I first thought maybe a horse stable, but the size of the doors confuse me. Were they for the groom to enter and the horse entered from inside the barn. And besides that, what about the opening above each door? Curious minds would like to know.

Also notice in the foreground of the first picture the water standing in the field. Seems like most of the farmer's fields have standing water somewhere. I am sure they are getting anxious about getting out in the fields.