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100-year-old barn restoration

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - An area man is restoring a piece of town history.

Bill Fruehling has taken on the project of restoring a 100 year old barn. 

The barn has been in his family since 1914, and is a landmark in his community. 

"It was used for dairy," says Fruehling. "We were one of the first barns to use electricity at the time."

Fruehling grew up in the house next door to the barn, he lives there now.

Yearsnow.Year'sen a toll on the barn structure, so now he's rebuilding it.

"Because they're tearing down barns and they're leaving the landscape, and it's part of Iowa," he says.

He says he wants to leave something behind for generations to come.

He hired a crew, and construction is moving fast.

The entire barn was lifted, and now crews are digging underneath to lay concrete.

Concrete wasn't around when the barn was built, so the family laid the barn on top of boulders.

"It's a lot of work," says project manager Tony Maas. "The unknowns of it was the worst going into it."

A crazy undertaking, Mass and Fruehling agree. But it's worth it.

"There's a great deal of memories here,"

He's hoping for more memories made over the next 100 years.

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