This silo was built when the Eller Feedlots was in its prime. Today, it is all that’s left of the Eller family farm. Homesteaded in the 1870s by my great-grandfather, Philip Eller, the farm was home to four generations of Ellers. The barn was built by my great-grandfather using pegs and beams. With the exception of some pieces of the roof that were rotting, the barn stood as solid 125 years later as the day when it was built.
My grandfather, Verner Eller, was born and raised on the farm, and as the youngest son, he purchased it from his father and farmed it for 50 years. During his stewardship, the farm grew to become a highly profitable cattle feeding operation that produced thousands of head of cattle for market each year. My Dad was born and raised on the farm, and remembers with fondness growing up in 1930s & 40s rural America. In the 1970s, the reins of the farming operation were handed over to my uncle, Dennis Eller. While cattle operations ceased in the 1980s, Dennis continued to farm the land until his own death in the mid-2000s.
Unfortunately, without a next generation to take over, the farm slowly fell into disrepair. By the late 2000s, the house and most of the buildings were falling apart, and what had once been a fountain of life and industry, had become an eye sore, and the bull dozers were sent in. All that remains today is the signature silo and some concrete slabs.