Wulfs give Horton town hall new home, purpose
By Tom Larson
When the District 20 school closed, the building found new life as the Horton Township Hall. Today, the building has entered another phase of its long life.
Kevin and Annie Wulf purchased the old one-room school/township hall, and this week they had it moved to their farm home about 12 miles south of Morris. The building will be home to the Wulf's antiques business, "Leonard and Louise's."
The Wulfs are preparing their new shop for their annual sale weekend Sept. 10-11.
"It's a small window, but hard work never killed anyone," Kevin Wulf said with a smile.
The Horton hall, which closed as a school in 1962, hadn't been used for more than a few meetings each year since the township's election site was moved into Morris because of electronic voting requirements several years ago.
The Wulfs approached township leaders to buy the building and they agreed to the sale. The Wulfs had been running their business out of their Morris home, and they bought their farmstead two years ago with the idea of having a shop there. They sold their Morris home and moved to the country in June. Bringing the hall, virtually an antique itself, the 1-1/2 miles to the property was an excellent option.
"It's all used stuff - nothing new," Kevin said. "It was perfect to use a used building for our business."
Annie's father, who had some experience after moving a carriage barn at their home in Iowa, encouraged the couple to move the hall. They had the foundation poured last week.
"It's a lot cheaper to go this route," Kevin said. "Building something with this character is a lot more expensive than moving something of this character."
Earlier this week, Anderson Building Movers, of Paynesville, jacked up the building from its foundation at the hall site on Highway 59. They moved it about a half-mile across a wheat field, then another mile on County Road 4 to the Wulf's home. Once on the county road, the trip took less than five minutes, Kevin said.
Wulf's father, Dennis, went to school in the building, and lives nearby. Kevin's siblings farm in the surrounding areas. Living and doing business back in the country seems appropriate, he said.
"It's my neighborhood," Kevin said.