Historical archive Covering the May 12, 2000 "St. Nazianz Storm" and Recovery
Chris Strouf, was owner of this large building in town on CTH "C", one block west of "A". It sustained very significant damage to the roofs, windows, and structure.
She had converted it to apartments over the past several years and had heard from the previous owner that an old log homestead was somehow 'inside' the building but no one seemed to know where or anything about the cabin. As the demolition of the building proceeded, and the east end was exposed, there was a complete log cabin, with roof, and walls all intact! The crews stopped in order to give Chris a chance to review what was there, and to put together a plan on how to proceed.
She decided to salvage all of the hidden building.
Sarah Carroll commented; "What was interesting is that the inside walls had five layers of changes: the slats for the first plaster wall, then another plaster wall went up, then the wood paneling, and again another wood paneling and the last wall was a drywall that Chris Strouf put on. The outside walls had the logs, then wood slats, the white siding, and finally the gray shingles. I would say with all this protection the house was well insulated and the log cabin well protected."
The logs were numbered to help when it is reconstructed. There are two pictures posted that show a name (that might be German) that was written on one of the logs in chalk. Can anyone tell us what it says?
Most pictures on this page are cropped but otherwise
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