Around 1981, this barn in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin was featured in a Manitoba Co-operator series on rural buildings. The original caption for the photograph is given below.
Slightly overcast skies add dramatic depth to the colours of this log barn just a couple of miles west of Dauphin. While the material and methods of construction suggest a very old building, this barn was actually built in the early 1920s by Hubert Izon, a recently returned veteran who was gassed and wounded in France during the First World War. Using materials from sawmills near Moon Lake in the Riding Mountains which are 15 to 20 miles away, the 26 foot by 40 foot structure followed the outlines of basic plans available to farmers at the time. Lime and horsehair were the main partners in chinking materials used, while partitions and ends were notched in traditional dovetail fashion. The barn remains in use as a storage facility for current owner John Potoski, Reeve of the district when he purchased the Izon farm in 1959.
As of 2014, the building is still standing at its original site.
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series
Memorable Manitobans: John Potoski (1903-1983)
This page was prepared by Bob Hainstock, Ed Ledohowski, and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 January 2021
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