The Congdons owned Aberdeen Angus cattle and Morgan horses. I couldn’t find any reference to them keeping chickens or bees, or any other animals. Perhaps they did, and it wasn’t worth mentioning, or perhaps they didn’t.
Most people who are coming to Glensheen for a tour enter here. And because they’re trying to figure out where to go for their tour, they don’t spend much time exploring this part of the carriage house.
These are the cow stables. The first thing to notice are the cork bricks that the cows would have stood on:
The cows also had watering dishes that they controlled by pressing their down with their snouts:
This hurricane lantern is hanging at the end of the cow stalls. It’s a Feuerhand – a brand that still exists today, although their stamped logo no longer looks quite so crisp and clean as this:
Turning back, you can see a stack of radiators used to keep this room warm:
Moving down to the horse stables, we find a light switch panel. I live in an old house, and we have some of these brass switchplate covers, but I have never seen one this long! Interestingly, someone came along and cut out the rotary dial in positions 4 and 8. This was clearly not done by an electrician – whether they wanted to have a simple on/off switch, or have a three-way switch, it could easily be accommodated by wiring:
Here was Dexter’s name plate:
Dexter was a horse from Chatanooga, and although he was part of the family for years, it doesn’t sound like he was the best horse. He threw Helen, he threw Elisabeth, he ran off when Elisabeth was out tobogganing, and at one point, Chester said that he should change Dexter’s name to George Hebard (Chester’s brother-in-law): “…he is so lazy – but indeed he sweats over his work.”
This is a grain mixer:
Here you can see how it looks inside:
Here’s a closer view:
I tried to find more information about this sort of grain mixer, but I could only find more current versions.
This National Iron Company sewer cover is on the floor of the stables:
The National Iron Company was located out near where the West End Menards is located today:
Considering Chester’s mining connections, it seems likely that he and the owners of the National Iron Company were well-acquainted.
Back to the stables, here is a blanket holder, outside of one of the stalls:
The tack room is still full of bridles and collars:
The Congdons and the Hartleys were good friends (Chester’s son Walter married Guilford’s daughter Jessie). At some point, the Hartleys gave the Congdons some of their tack, including this collar with Guilford Hartley’s crest:
Here’s a collar from Guilford’s collection next to one from Chester’s, with each of their respective monograms:
This looks like it was created later, almost as a display cabinet more than storage. The little badge at the top says “Fixtures and stable fittings furnished by L. Laramee & Co., Mpls, Minn.”:
From what I understand, this stirrup wouldn’t say U.S. unless it was connected to the military.
Here are a couple of different styles of saddles. Neither has likely seen a horse for quite a while:
This little round object is a whip holder, used for hanging bow top carriage driving whips, to help maintain a nice bend in the top of the whip:
This is a drawer in the tack room, and I only include it to show off the dovetail joints – another example of how the workmanship at Glensheen made its way throughout the entire estate:
This drawer pull is just another example of the detail that represents Glensheen:
I couldn’t figure out why the Congdons would have been showing their horses at the Illinois State Fair, but apparently [kudos to the readers of Hidden Glensheen – thanks Renae!], the Illinois State Fair is THE place to go for horse shows. We have at least a couple of well-worn ribbons showing that they did well there:
They also showed their Morgan horses at the Minnesota State Far, and did well there:
The Congdons clearly took good care of the animals in their keep.