In 1991, Brian and Elizabeth Barnes purchased the house and about 27 acres of what had been the original 74-acre property. By this time, the land had been
divided into about four pieces, including 5 acres on which the house sits, 6 acres where the Stavers built their new home, 22 acres of pasture, and about 40
acres through which most of Rock Run Creek passes through.
Brian and Liz were in their mid-30’s when they bought the property, and probably at a stage in their lives when they were ready to take on a fixer-upper.
According to Brian, the house was in sad shape when they purchased it. The Barnes’ added the box-style landscaping around most of the house and built the
east deck to replace the old concrete stairs to the back porch. Another improvement we suspect came from the Barnes’ was a two-car garage where the 2004
addition now stands. This flat-roofed garage is slightly visible in photos from a sale flier from when the Barnes’ sold the house.
The Barnes’ lived in our house through most of the 1990s, which included some of the years Brian worked at Ingersoll Machine Milling Company in Rockford.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Brian held several positions in the company between 1996 and 2011. Brian followed his father’s path to Ingersoll, where
Allen Barnes had worked for 34 years.
In 2001, Brian followed a former Ingersoll colleague to Ferguson Machine Company in St. Louis. The Barnes’ put their house up for sale and moved to Troy,
Missouri. At the time, Ferguson was a business unit of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of industrial products. In the same year Brian joined the
company, Ferguson Company was merged into a joint venture between Crane Co. and Emerson Electric Co. Almost as soon as he arrived, Brian found himself
out of a job. Real estate records show that Brian and Liz owned a home in Troy for all of four months. Fortunately for the Barnes’, Brian was able to rejoin
Ingersoll in Rockford. They moved back to Stephenson County and lived for the next 10 years in a country home near Orangeville, then headed west to the
Spokane, Washington area.
|Just before the Barnes' sold the property, their sale flier showed how our house appeared
during the winter of 2000-01. This view is looking west. Note the 2-car garage where the 2004
addition was built. The large tree was cut down about the same time as the 2004 addition.
|Another sale flier view of the north side of the house, before the
handicap-accessible "bridge" was built from the front porch to the driveway.
|Brian Barnes shared these photos of the house, showing the east side entrance before the deck was added and the view from Farm School Road. Based on photos from
vintageaerial.com, the flat-roof garage was added sometime between 1964 and 1968 by the Mullicans. The white fence came between 1974 and 1979.