Another photograph from the foggy days at the beginning of the month. This one was made on the 5th in a light rain along Branstrator road in rural southwest Allen County, Indiana. This tree is just south of the scene in my last post, in the same harvested cornfield.Click Here to see the rest of my Forgotten Indiana Project
Here’s another of my foggy landscape photographs from February 5th. This was taken on Branstrator Road in Allen county just a short distance north of the Quanset Hut from my last post.Click Here to see the rest of my Forgotten Indiana Project
I found this lonely quonset hut after driving south on Branstrator Road until I reached Allen County, Indiana’s southern boundary. This was taken looking south into Wells County from South County Line Road on Feb. 5th. I got rained on pretty hard, but it was worth it.
This photograph was made in the same field along Hoagland Road in southeast Allen County, Indiana as the one on my Feb. 18 post, a few minutes after that photograph. February 5 had what was probably the densest fog I have seen in Indiana in many years.Click Here to see the rest of my Forgotten Indiana Project
This photograph was taken the day after the one from my last post. The 5th was a foggy, rainy, warmer day than the 4th. Most of the snow was melted and the fog was not as dense. This landscape is on Branstrator Road a little north of the southern edge of Allen County, Indiana.Click Here to see the rest of my Forgotten Indiana Project
February 4th and 5th 2008 were two of the most beautiful foggy winter days I have EVER seen. This photograph was made in rural southeast Allen County, Indiana on the morning of the 4th along Hoagland Road just east of the small town of the same name.Click Here to see the rest of my Forgotten Indiana Project
In 2002, I was driving down Barkley Road in rural southeast Allen County, Indiana near the town of Hoagland. I was on my way to an abandoned schoolhouse that I knew about further down Barkley road, when I spotted the roof of an abandoned farmhouse sticking up above some trees far in the distance to the south.
I turned down Emenhiser Road and headed for the house. I got out of my car and got out my camera and tripod; the house was incredibly rundown and weathered looking. As walked behind the house, I came upon an old man sitting in a plastic chair with a cat on his lap!
Mr. Richard Youse was 87 years old and had lived in the house since his parents bought it in 1924. He never married and never had children, so he lived with his parents until they died. He told me that he was a retired farmer and that he had 15 cats.
I visited him several times over the next couple years but eventually stopped going out to see him as life got too busy and I went on to other projects. I later learned that in 2004 his family put him in a nursing home and bulldozed his house. I had seen the site before moving to Santa Fe in 2006 but was not able to photograph it then. I went back earlier this week and photographed the empty cornfield that covers what was once Mr. Youse’s yard.
All that remains is his windmill tower and the remnants of his driveway.
Below are a couple of the photographs I made of Mr. Youse and his house. I do not know if he is still alive or not. He would be 92 or 93 now.