While going through some old photos, I found this one of what we called “Barney’s Barn,” because our friend Barney Kramer lived in the accompanying house, on the corner of Old Mission Road and Center Road, at the time.
Barney, whose family lived at the Kramer farm on Center Road near the intersection of Bluff Road, was later killed in a car crash, the victim of a drunk driver. Tim and I had a band at the time, and we even wrote a song about it called “Where’s Barney.” Part of the soundtrack included the noise of diners at the Old Mission Tavern (it took us a few tries to get just the right recording there).
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Anyway, the barn was fascinating because it leaned in the wind, as you can see in the photo above, but if the wind was blowing in the other direction, the barn stood up straight again. The barn is gone now, but I believe you can still see the foundation from Center Road, in the field behind the house.
As a side note, I took the above photo while out riding with Rob Weber in his XKE Jaguar. Yes, I made it back alive. Here’s a pic of “Web” and the Jaguar near Mission Point Lighthouse, and one of the car during the photo shoot.
And as a related note, Barney was such a good guy. When we lived in my grandma’s house on the corner of Peninsula Drive and Kroupa Road, a bunch of us got snowed in there one weekend, including Barney. He was learning sign language at the time, so he could communicate with Web’s deaf siblings.
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb