S: Hoppa Homestead
1: Charley (also known as Teofil) & Helen Hoppa built a home and famed the land in Bevent Wisconsin. The barn seen at the left was built in 1927. The granary below was built in 1910. | The ravages of time, neglect and weather have taken a toll on these buildings. Turn the pages and see what happens when a great grandson puts his heart, time and energy into restoring a part of the past.
2: Some buildings are beyond repair. The wood however is of great value. Al is standing in what use to be the doorway of the granary. The picture here depicts the beginning of the end of this building. No worries - the wood is salvaged and used later.
3: The blessing of friends. Above are Wayne, Brian and Doug. These guys were a great help. Without them Peggy, Al's wife, would possibly still be pulling nails today. Brian and Doug, are in the picture to the right. Is Brian thinking after all this hard work, isn't it time for a beer yet?
5: The west side of the barn was the milking parlor. Al removed the stanchions and hammered out the concrete. To assist in this project Al used one of his many toys,the skid steer. Once the concrete was gone Al dug down and removed dirt to allow for eight foot ceilings.
7: A great picture to the left. The wall between the milking parlor and the east side of the barn has been removed. This picture also shows how much dirt was taken out. The white walls above the dark stone depicts where the floor use to be. | The rubble walls on the interior of the barn were starting to crumble. To maintain the integrity of the structure the walls were power washed and gunited. Gunite is liquid concrete.
8: Floor jacks are needed to support the loft and prevent sagging. Footings are poured before the jacks are put in permanent place. Prep for the concrete floor can now begin.
9: Here you can see that the walls are now painted and leveling for the concrete floor is taking place. As soon as the concrete floor is in a new wall is built between the west and east side. An entry door and garage door are incorporated into the new wall.
10: The granary wood was power washed and allowed to dry. All the hard work put into taking the granary down and saving the boards was well worth it. The floor jacks and windows in the barn were trimmed out with these old boards.
11: Four barn style lights were installed in the east side of the barn and one outside above the main door. The loft was also outfitted with light for the first time.
12: FRIENDS | My wife Peggy with our friend Brian.
13: Above Peggy is hard at work pulling nails from the boards taken off the granary. To the right is a quick break for a photo shot with Brian.
14: The barn roof and sides have been steeled. Al hired Lee Yoder an Amish man to do the work.
15: Here we are preparing and setting up for a sidewalk to be poured along the south & west side.
16: This is Grandma, Regina Koskey, born August 3, 1910. She is 100 yrs old here.
17: Grandma with her sister Clara and her brother Dominic.
18: All the hard work and long days have proved fruitful. Each day we thank the Lord for all that he has provided us.
19: It's 2011 and the exterior of the barn is complete. Allan and Peggy Zingler, husband and wife, will now move on to building a small caretaker cottage.
20: Granny is 101 years old here and still living alone in her home on Pike Lake. We love you grandma. | Allan is here with Uncle Dominic who is 90 years old in this picture. Dominic has been a bachelor his entire life. Dominic says that ma ran off all the girls so he would stay and work the farm.
21: Our daughter Brittany Anne. | Our son Matthew Allan. | Allan drove Uncle Dominic around starting at the age of 13. Uncle Dominic likes his whiskey and it has been said that he used to tear the dance floor up when the polkas started playing.
22: Brittany Anne Zingler Born January 15, 1990 in Colorado Springs. | Matthew Allan Zingler Born February 20, 1996 in Fairbanks, Alaska. | Daddy with his baby girl. | Big sister and little brother.
23: Is Matthew working hard or playing hard?
24: Logan Studley Logan loved the farm. He was always willing to lend a helping hand at the farm. He was best known for being the camp cook when deer hunting season came around. Logan could whip up some mighty good meals. Unfortunately Logan died this past August from a heart attack. Logan was missed in Deer Camp 2011.
25: Logan never saw the barn completely finished; if he had, he would have tried to find more time to make a trip to Leathercamp Drive. Logan always said he was more relaxed than ever when he was at the farm.
26: All the boy's that visit and stay at the farm. Above is Steve Aton, a friend from Al's youth. In the upper right is Hank Mosley from Georgia, an army buddy from our Alaska days. On the next page is Allan, his brother David and Matthew. Below them is David with his son Trevor. The far upper right picture is Gary Ojala from North Pole, Alaska. The far lower right is Tim Gorski, a friend from Madison, and of course, Matthew and Brian.
28: Allan is having fun playing with some of the toys he likes to drive. Or maybe he is really working.
29: Allan (and Peggy's?) John Deere tractor. The first big purchase made to help with the work needing to be done on the farm.
30: Some of the many trees that Al, Peg and the kids planted and how they have grown through the years.
31: The Great Outdoors
32: Refreshments at the end of a long day!
33: Work is done for the day and all is quiet as the sun sets in the west.
34: The flag pole is now up and Old Glory waves in the wind.
35: A look across the North Forty. This is nature at it's finest.
36: Allan and Peggy taking a much needed break from farm work.
37: Dear Allan I know how much you love being up at the farm. The peace and quiet of the country, the amazing nature you encounter and the joy of spending time with family and friends - thats why you love the farm. I wanted to capture and keep some of the memories for you. I hope I did that in this book. God Bless All my love Your wife - Peggy | Prepared and printed December 2011