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This pegged threshing barn was originally
built around 1874 at Poplar Heights Farms
in Butler. The refurbished icon is now used
for everything from school programs and
demonstrations to murder mystery dinners
and wedding receptions.

Family homestead offers educational fun for all ages
by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop

Y

oung Daisy Seelinger gazed out the south bay
window of her family's homestead in Butler. It
was the spring of 1909 and her recent engagement had her recalling numerous reasons why she loved life on the farm.
The 640-acre farm sits atop one of the highest
points in Bates County. Daisy's father, John, chose
the name Poplar Heights after planting a double
row of poplar trees which divided the yard from the
fields.
The quaint house served as home base for the

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close-knit family on holidays, weddings, christenings
as well as funerals for the family. No matter the
occasion, Daisy - along with her parents, John and
Agnes, and siblings, Adam, Maude, Bertha and Ruth
- cherished the moments spent there.
"I wish it could always be this way but times and
our family are changing," family stories record Daisy
sharing with guests to the farm. "I'm sad our children and grandchildren might never know the joys
we've had here at the Heights."
Her words would set the wheels in motion so more
than a century later, the family farm would provide
an educational opportunity for everyone.



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