Story and photos by Kristen Osborn Cart
Dad helped to build it with Grandpa and Mayer-Osborn Company in the summer of 1954, just as he was starting his last year of college.
Blencoe is a tiny Monona County town of about 200 people. It’s just off Interstate 29, halfway between Council Bluffs and Sioux City.
In March of 1954 Mayer-Osborn won the contract from Blencoe Co-operative Company, worth $153,000, to build the 259,000-bushel facility. It featured a stepped, rounded headhouse.
Dad and his brother Dick laid the rebar during the concrete pour as the elevator went up. Dad had to go back to school before construction was finished because football practice was getting under way.
This elevator is very similar to the elevator Grandpa built in McCook, Nebraska.
- Mysteries surround the origin of Mayer-Osborn Company and its first elevator (ourgrandfathersgrainelevators.com)