The Tom Modisett Barns

According to Tom, “The first barn (on the right) is a corn crib built by my grandfather, Forest Modisett. It formerly was a mule barn that he constructed. Inside is a weight scale and a bucket elevator. The second barn (on the left), built in the 30’s/40’s is a Sears kit. It is the 3rd barn on that location. It’s a bank barn; the second level has a concrete floor.”


More on the Fouts Family as soybean pioneers


In 1896, Solomon Fouts (father of Noah, Finis, and Taylor Fouts) receives two varieties of soybean seeds, free of charge from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He plants these in rows across a cornfield on his farm near Deer Creek, Carroll County, Indiana. These were probably the first soybeans grown in Carroll County. Solomon's soybeans attract considerable attention as a legume that grows upright (erect) and produces abundant seeds. A lasting impression was made on Taylor Fouts (born 14 Dec. 1880), the youngest of Solomon's eight living children.
In 1902,  Taylor Fouts graduates from Purdue University (which is Indiana's state agricultural college) with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture; he was the only member of the Fouts family to graduate from college. During the early 1900s, several faculty members in the Purdue College of Agriculture were very interested in soybeans; these included W.C. Latta, John H. Skinner, Alfred T. Wiancko, and C.O. Cromer. Taylor was now "convinced that the whole Cornbelt needed soybeans and would like them for keeps."


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