Farm on Piper Road

Piper Rd.

Lillian Armstrong-owner of Armstrong farm

Lillian Armstrong

Armstrong farm on Piper Rd.

Aerial view of Armstrong farm- late1940’s

Lillian Armstrong purchased this farm in 1940, after previously renting the land. She purchased the 160-acre dairy farm on her own for 5,680 dollars, as her husband, Clarence, had gone bankrupt earlier. Lillian purchased the land from the Supita family, and the Frayer family owned the farm prior to that. The Armstrongs had had previous experience with farming in Ottawa. Clarence continued a blacksmithing business in Eagle after they sold the farm.

Clarence Armstrong stands left, in front of his blacksmithing business

Clarence Armstrong, left, at age 41

A check paid to Clarence Armstrong for shoeing horses

A check paid to Clarence Armstrong

Arrowheads found on the land by the Armstrongs are on display at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) office.

The Armstrong Arrowhead collection at the DNR

The Armstrong Arrowhead collection on display at the Department of Natural Resources

Lillian Armstrong ended up selling the farm to the Armstrong siblings. Dick and Evelyn Armstrong then rented it from them and were responsible for the daily operation. In 1969, the farm was sold to the DNR at an auction for 500 dollars per acre; they offered the best price at the time. The farm is no longer operating.

Auction of Armstrong farm on October 11, 1969

Auction of Armstrong farm on October 11, 1969

Photos below appeared in the Waukesha Freeman (early 1970’s) as part of an article about the loss of farms in Waukesha County.

Old newspaper photo of granary steps

The Granary Steps- circa 1970

Waukesha Freeman photo of a barn beam- circa 1970

Waukesha Freeman photo of a barn beam- circa 1970

**information obtained by Carolyn Rosprim from informants Dick and Evelyn Armstrong

One Comments to “Farm on Piper Road”

  1. You are a walking/LIVING museum, Vix–and I mean that in the best, most positive way possible! Just when I think there can't be anything more unusual or unique in the vintage clhintog/accessory field, you come up with it!

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