Barn builder a true craftsman

Otto Beer Sr. was a true craftsman. He built several farm barns in Kosciusko County and other areas for a 31 year stretch ending in about 1945. Beer, known for building in the hip roof style, built barns in an era when a barn raising was a major event and brought in all the neighbors to help. Most of the barns he built, likely more than 100 total, are no longer standing but a few are. Shown is one on Orn Road, west of Milford. It is used for keeping goats and storage by an Amish family.

Farm barn west of Milford


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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