Bunk House

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The bunkhouse served two purposes. The front half, the half closest to the house, was where Bob and Mike slept.

Mike would often brag that he could turn off the light and then be in bed before it went out. For years his children, nieces, and nephews didn’t believe him until they realized it was an oil lamp. He turned down the wick and the light slowly died while he raced back into bed.

The back half was the creamery. The cream separator separated the cream from the rest of the milk. The family kept the milk and the cream was taken to Bend Dairy. The cream check was used to pay bills or buy groceries that the family didn't raise or grow on the farm. In the images below, you can see a photo of George Rastovich with the cream separator. For many years, the bunkhouse was used as a storage shed but the door to the creamery has since been closed off, and the two rooms have been combined into a bunkhouse once more.

If you turn to the south, you can see the butcher house and the rock pens where the hogs were kept. Hogs were butchered for home-cured bacon, hams, loins, lard, sausages, head cheese, and cracklings. As they used to say, "nothing was wasted but the squeal." While there was often worry about where the money for the bills would come from, the Rastovich family never went hungry.

On this same hill, about 10 or 20 feet from where you're standing the chicken coop stood, as seen in the aerial photographs. Today the chicken coop is behind the shop.

Scroll through the images below to see this part of the farm throughout the last 100 years or click “next” under the main image of this page and head toward the barn for the next stop on the tour.

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