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No tears over spilled milk:

College employee remembers
growing up on former dairy farm

The barn still stands:
The barn on 321 S. College Drive is one of the only original structures from the farm aside from the house that is still standing. Farm cats and horse trailers inhabit the side of the building.
Will Hebert
By Careyanne Johnson

Most dairy farms aren't known for growing crops, but a former dairy farm in proximity to Laramie County Community College has grown an abundance of memories for a college employee.

Across from the LCCC are an old house and barn situated at 321 S. College Drive.

Pam DeMartin, assistant to the director of accounting services at LCCC, grew up on the property, which was then 1800 E. Fox Farm Rd.

DeMartin's grandparents Ida and Ira Fogg started leasing the farm in 1938. Her aunt used to live in the two-story house on the property where she maintained it as a dairy farm.

During the summer of 1958, DeMartin's parents, Kenny and Norma Jean Fogg, started leasing and running the dairy farm.

DeMartin said the farm consisted of one horse barn, one grain barn, two houses, pins, silos and fields of wheat and alfalfa. She also said 125 milk cows were raised from calves, and they used reclaimed water for everything on the farm.

Pam DeMartin said she and her parents moved to Carpenter in October 1984, when the lease expired. The dairy farm was sold to Jim Read along with all the cattle and everything else on the farm. The property was leased to the Fogg family for a total of 45 years.

"It's nothing like it used to be, College Drive wasn't even there," DeMartin recalled. From 1938–1984 the Fogg property was a dairy farm, but after the property was sold to Read, it became a horse stable, and soon after it was sold, DeMartin said.

"They started tearing it all down," DeMartin said. "I can remember the days when none of these buildings were around here, when College Drive was just pasture, and me and my sisters used to herd cattle and sit and watch them on our horses."

DeMartin said the farm was always under construction when Read owned it, and the farm may even still be in the Read family. She said she cannot be sure who currently owns the farm.