Moving day meant moving the entire house!
Being neighbors for generations, the Brunner and Myers families took their friendship to a new level recently when Brian Myers gave a two-story farmhouse to Sam Brunner. That’s right, he gave it to him, but there was a glitch – it had to be moved.
Moving the house that was built in 1872 was no problem for an Amish Team who took the house approximately one-quarter mile to its new home on the Brunner property. Elam Beiler and his crew were on hand the Saturday after Thanksgiving to make the move possible.
The house moved from the Myers property that originally belonged to Brian’s grandparents, Harold and Wilma Snedaker. Harold was born and raised in the house and then had his own family there which included Brian’s mother, Barbara Snedaker Myers, who later married Kenneth Myers.
The home was taken to the property of Cindy and Rick Edwards (Sam’s mother and step-father). This property was previously owned by William and Naomi Adams, who are Cindy’s parents.
Cindy told The Versailles Republican, “William Adams (her grandfather) and Harold Snedaker were good friends and neighbors and their farms have been adjoining for over 100 years. Now this piece of history will be handed down to Sam (Brunner) and his fiance’ Payton Jones.
Cindy was pleased that her son was able to get the house for free and said while it did cost to move the house and get infrastructure in order, it was a really good deal for a young person just starting out in life. Of course, there is no value that could be placed on the neighborly gesture and the future of continuity for the next generation. Brian and his wife, BJ, along with Sam, know the importance of community.