Mrs. Martin Geoghagan and a team of horses outside of the Geoghagan farm
Division 1 – South East
RM of Moose Mountain No.63
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): E- "So it looks like they have a pretty long barn." A- "Yes, long, low barn." E- "So would that have been for horses, or a bunch of different animals?" A- "Horses and cattle, yeah. It’s a different style of barn than a lot of them, but it’s an older and cheaper type of barn than… I can’t tell you much about that." E- "Did you know if the farmers… the farmers that didn’t do as well, did they have those kinds of barns usually more than the taller and bigger ones?" A- "The bigger barns were built by people that wanted to show off. That’s… they were… in Ontario they were good barns. In this country, I had a huge barn on my farm, and it was built in about 1912. These people from England had come over, and they built this barn, and they wintered horses in there. About 40 horses it would hold. It took two hired men to look after, clean up the barn and feed them. The First World War came along, and they had no men. They had to turn their horses loose for the winter, and they ran in a bluff of trees. They had the healthiest horses they had ever had in their lives. Never put them back in the barn again. And the hay was stored in the loft, which was good. There was no waste there, but in Saskatchewan you can store hay outside for a year, and there won’t be much waste because it doesn’t rain like it does in Ontario and in the eastern United States. There only function was a brag… nobody will believe that, but this man said we never put a horse in the barn again afterward. In my lifetime, I moved onto this land, with a beautiful, big barn with horses and milk cows, but it wasn’t suited for that either. It just wasn’t. I tried to use some of it for storage of grain, but it was so laid out, it was no good for that either. I finally lowered the barn, and made a Quansot-type building out of it, and then it was of some use for a machine shed. But that’s just my opinion; some other people will tell you differently. The joke was that if you went on a farm, and there was a big barn, and a small house, well you knew who the boss was, and it was vice-versa (laughs). If the house was bigger then [the lady was the boss]."