County’s latest barn quilt an anniversary gift

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Shown with Shawano County’s 346th barn quilt are, from left, Lois and Dave Rohrer, Connie and Tim Rohrer, and Daniel, Julie and Mark Rohrer.

Shawano County’s 346th barn quilt, called Rohrer Tree Farm, is on display on a beautiful small barn at E11100 County Road C, Clintonville. The barn and accompanying land are jointly owned by Dave and Lois Rohrer and Dave’s brother, Mark, and his wife, Julie.

The inspiration behind the design of the quilt came from the tree farm’s logo, which was originally designed by Tim Rohrer, Dave and Lois’ son. The quilt was a surprise gift for Dave and Lois’ 50th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated in October. The quilt was given to them by their sons, Tim and Andy, daughters-in-law Connie and Elizabeth and their grandchildren and siblings.

“What a great gift,” Dave said. “Lois and I just love it.”

Leonard H. and Minnie Rohrer purchased the property from Gilbert and Carla Steinberg for $1 plus four months’ timber-cutting rights on July 15, 1954. Leonard was retiring from the Clintonville post office and purchased the 96 acres for a hobby tree farm. The land consisted of 50 percent hardwoods and swamp, and the other 50 percent was blowing sand. By the next year, he began a four-year project of planting 40,000 evergreens, many of which are standing yet today.

On March 19, 1973, Leonard and Minnie’s son Ivan, along with his wife, Verona, purchased the farm from Leonard’s estate. Thirty years later, they sold the farm to their sons, Dave and Mark, and their wives. Dave and Lois retired to the farm in 2011.

The Rohrer barn quilt was painted by the Shawano County barn quilt committee and was put on display by LeRoy and Keith Raddant of Raddant Electric in Shawano.