Century-old barn has housed cows to collectibles
A photo gallery of this Mystery Place is HERE.
The Schuyler and Rita Case Farm is located at W8388 Stateline Road, just southeast of the village of Sharon. It is on the north side of the road, which places it in Walworth County.
According to the 1857 plat map and the 1873 and 1891 plat books, the early owner of this property was P. Millmine. In the 1900 and 1907 plat books, the owner was listed as C. Millmine. The only reference I could find for Millmine in C.W. Butterfield’s “History of Walworth County” was that the first store built in the village of Sharon was opened by George Millmine in 1856.
Historian Albert Beckwith gives the same information but spells the name Milmine.
In the 1930 plat book, the owners were shown as Morris and Underhill. Then in 1936 the owner is shown as Clayton Underhill. Around 1897, Underhill was postmaster in Sharon.
Schuyler and Rita Case purchased the farm in 1949. Beckwith mentions a Henry A. and Isaac R. Case as early settlers in the township, purchasing a farm in Section 14.
According to Rita, they are no relation, although there was a teacher by that last name at the village school, and a tombstone with that name is in the cemetery at Sharon.
The wood barn is held together with wooden pegs. It is thought to have been built in the early 1890s. The upper floor of the barn was used as a hay mow and the lower held dairy cows.
The barn no longer is used to store agricultural crops and animals. Instead, the barn is now used to store a variety of collectibles. Among other things, the Cases collected antique tractors. They owned a steam engine and thresher. They held their first threshing “bee” in August 1974. They had a neighborhood picnic along with the threshing until about 1991.
You can see two quilts at this farm. One is on the barn, which is named “Tulip Wreath.” The other one is on the shed, named “Starry Path.” The Cases enjoyed the one on the barn so much that they decided they needed another quilt on their buildings. If you look closely at the picture you can see a railroad car at the far left.