Scott Strohl shows off the kitchenette area in the farm shop that he shares with his brother on his farm near Pretty Prairie. The kitchen area provides a convenient lunch spot for farm workers or extra space when family members gather at the farm.
The 60-by-104-foot Morton Building that houses the Strohl farm shop includes plenty of room of the traditional use of a shop — tool chests and floor space for working on or storing farm machinery.
PIECE OF HISTORY
Among the many uses of the shop is to provide display space for historic oil company signs like this Standard Oil sign. The Strohl brothers’ dad spent his career working for Standard Oil, and Scott followed in his footsteps, working for Standard and Amoco and later as a jobber.
The upstairs space above the ceiling of the portion of the building that houses office, kitchen and bathroom areas was utilized to add workout equipment. Scott Strohl says it is used primarily during the winter months. A tall railing adds safety and provides space to display a collection of antique gas cans.
A single bed and recliner in the office area provide added space for guests or a place to relax.
A good-sized bathroom provides a place to clean up after working in the shop or a convenient extra shower for big family events.
The Morton Building that houses the Strohl farm shop provides a covered area outside the entrance to the kitchen and office space.