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001311-16: WPA Property Inventory (Side 2)

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1936

A Michigan Rural Property Inventory, Works Progress Administration (WPA) inventory card (side 2) of the Mary Ann (Yuncker) Voisin property, conducted in 1936, describes the Voisin homestead near Beal City, Michigan.

Source: "WPA Property Inventories," database, Michigan History Foundation, Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org: downloaded 20 April 2013), 15N 05W 22, Pages 15-16, Record Group 72-76, http://seekingmichigan.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p129401coll0/id/89113; citing Michigan Department of Treasury; Works Progress Administration.

This side of the inventory card describes both the land and buildings on the farm. A sketch of the property is given, along with coded notation that describes the type and quality of land.

The barn was constructed in 1900 and measured 58 by 20 feet and 16 feet high. It had a gable roof with wood shingles. The foundation was concrete and the flooring was a combination of concrete, wood and dirt. It had two windows and the exterior walls were of finish lumber.

A diary building measured 30 by 18 feet and 7 feet high. The foundation was post on stone. It had a shed roof with wood shingles, a dirt floor and one window, with a finish lumber exterior. A tool shed was constructed in 1900 and measured 30 by 14 feet and 7 feet high. It had a concrete foundation, shed roof with roll roof, presumably rolled tin, and dirt floor, with finish lumber exterior.

A root cellar was constructed in 1905 and remodeled in 1918. It was 24 by 14 feet and 4 feet high and made of stone. A grain barn was constructed in 1905. It was 26 by 12 feet and 8 feet high. The foundation was post on stone and it was clad with finish lumber. A garage was built in 1905 and measured 16 by 10 feet and 8 feet high. It had a concrete foundation and wood shingle roof.

A hen house was built in 1905. It was 16 by 14 feet and 5 feet high. Its foundation was post on stone and the roof had wood shingles. A chicken coop was constructed in 1900 and was 28 by 20 feet and 7 feet high. It was post on stone, with a wood shingle roof. A wood shed was built in 1900 and remodeled in 1918. It measured 26 by 14 feet and 7 feet high. It was post on stone and the exterior was of finish lumber.

The farm was fenced with a combination of woven, barbed wire and rail fences, with wood posts, but the fence condition was rated poor. There were 35 acres of cropland and farmstead, 4.5 acres of untillable pasture, and 0.5 acre of roadway. Generally the farmland was rated "good," as opposed to excellent, fair or poor. The soil was mostly silt loam and clay loam, with poor drainage. The topography was mostly level with gently rolling land in the back acreage.

In the sketch, North is to the left. The coded notation is translated as follows:

1. "A" FRST-R-2-2A.

Land type "A," Farmstead, rated R-2 "Good," 2 acres.

2. "A" Crop-R-2-8A.
SLT.L.-SLT.L.-CL.-C.
L.-P.DR.-0.Dth.

Land type "A," Cropland, rated R-2 "Good," 8 acres.
Silt loam, silt loam, clay loam, clay
Level topography, poor drainage, open ditch.

3. "A" Crop-R-2-7A
SLT.L.-SLT.L.-CL.C.
P.DR.-L.

Land type "A," Cropland, rated R-2 "Good," 7 acres.
Silt loam, silt loam, clay loam, clay.
Poor drainage, level topography.

4. "A" Crop-R-2-7A.
SLT.L.-SLT.L.-CL.-C
L.-P.DR.

Land type "A," Cropland, rated R-2 "Good," 7 acres.
Silt loam, silt loam, clay loam.
Level topography, poor drainage.

5. "A" Un-Past.-R-4-4.5
SLT.L.-SLT.L-CL-C
GR.-G.DR.-F Stp

Land type "A," Untillable pasture, rated R-4 "Poor," 4.5 acres.
Silt loam, silt loam, clay loam, clay.
Topography gently rolling, good drainage, few stumps.

6. "A" Crop-R2-10A.
SLT.L-SLT.L.-CL.-C.
L.-P.DR.

Land type "A," Cropland, rated R-2 "Good," 10 acres.
Silt loam, silt loam, clay loam, clay.
Level topography, poor drainage.

Source: Archives of Michigan, Rural Property Inventories, Circular 16 (http://www.michigan.gov/archivesofmi: downloaded 20 April 2013).

Source: Supervisor's Ledger For Alpine Township, Kent County, Michigan, Rual Property Inventory, Works Progress Administration Project (WPA Project S-110), (http://kent.migenweb.net/townships/alpine/1941WP A/explanation.html: downloaded 20 April 2013). Provides a table of notational abbreviations.

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