original farm was 47 acres. Fourteen acres were taken during the construction
of I-471, leaving 33 acres, which Frank Traina purchased in October
of 1978. He later purchased 30 more acres of never farmed woods next
to the original farm. Finally, in 2003 Frank and Debbie purchased “South
Sunrock”, 43 acres on the opposite side of 3 Mile Creek so that
today Sunrock Farm is 106 acres of land.
farmhouse and old barn on Sunrock Farm were built by German settlers
in 1848. The 5 big rock piles in the woods around the farm tell us that
a long time ago someone cut down all the trees and plowed the hills
to grow corn. When their plow hit a rock they would pick up the rock
and throw it in a pile. The cornfield is now gone, and the trees have
grown back. Only the huge rock piles remain in the midst of woods to
tell their silent story.
family who built the stone farmhouse and big barn with stone and timbers—
Igancio and Mary Ruschmann— had 12 children. The family lived
in two rooms. One of the rooms was the kitchen with a wood burning stove,
table, and chairs. The other room was where everyone slept. Outside
was the outhouse. The parents eventually sold the place to their son
Charlie and moved to another farm.