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Mr. Stein's building efforts are evident throughout the home. For instance, it is known that he divided the parlor into two rooms, built the pass thorugh between the dining room and kitchen, installed the California cooler between the basement and kitchen and constructed the pie safe. At an unspecified time, the master bedroom was enlarged, this probably was also a result of Mr. Stein's efforts. He undoubtedly was also involved in the construction of the closet at the foot of the stairs and the installation of the bathroom. Inspections of the house show numerous changes, adaptations and repairs.

Old parlor in the Stein farmhouse

The house still has several pieces of furniture that belonged to Charles and Bertha Stein. The parlor contains two rocking chairs, a side chair and wedding portraits of the Steins. the dining room table, some chairs, the heating stove and the stunning escritoire are all original pieces of furniture. The master bedroom furniture is said to be the wedding gift to the couple, it includes the bedstead and matching dresser. The quilt on the bed was made by the Stein daughters. In the kitchen, the stove, the tables, the sink and the pie safe are original to the Steins.

The barn was built by Mr. Fuson of National City. It was thriftily made with varying sizes of lumber, some of which were clearly recycled from earlier buildings. An interesting detail is that the roof is a replacement of the original which was destroyed when a "cyclone" ripped through the area on April 26, 1926. There is a door to a hayloft, but no floor for it - it is possible that the hayloft was not restored after destruction by the tornado. The Stein barn was never painted the typical barn red shade. Its original color was white and some of the original paint is still remains. The barn and associated outbuildings contain many original tools and equipment used by the Stein family. They include plows, a ripper, a manure spreader, a disker, a hay bailing machine, and many tractor parts. A large collection of horse trappings remain as well as a cream separator and milk cans, which show the importance of dairying to the family. Several original vehicles are on the property. There is a three horse drawn passenger carriage in excellent condition and three of Mr. Stein's motorized trucks including an early chain driven Mack truck. None of these vehicles are in working condition. The flatbed wagon used by Charles in his house moving efforts is still located on the farm.


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