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The Mattus Barn

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A barn southwest of Central Butte
Could be seen for miles around 
Upon a hill, and that was how
The Mattus place was found

A big and very well used barn
With lots of stock and feed
Pride of the Prairie West Winds Farms
A sentinel indeed

In the big bad wind of seventy-six
The Mattus place was rocked
Left Jean and Joan without a home
With John and Loretta shocked

And so the plans for their new shop
Became a barn instead
A stately straight white structure
Instead of plain old red

The big new barn soon came to know 
The routine of the old
With dances held up on the loft
More shelter from the cold

An insulated calving room
New tack room ‘neath the stairs
With many new adjusting pens
Real forward thinking there

The new barn has served for many years
Just like the old one had
Still in the Mattus family
With Sheldon, Ron’s first lad

While other barns are leaning now
And threaten to fall down
The Mattus barn is straight and tall
The sturdiest around

That barn southwest of Central Butte
Can be seen for miles around 
Upon a hill, it still is how
The Mattus place is found


Written by Jan Berger adapted for music by Mike Martin

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 10/16/2016 6:07:00 PM
Is there a way to contact Mike Martin?
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Mike Martin
Date: 10/17/2016 11:49:00 AM
Yes, my email address is mike.martin@shaw.ca, Thanks for your interest.