What the heck is it?
I noticed this block of wood notched into the framing of the building yesterday. I had seen it before, but never noticed it, so I investigated and then started pondering what it once was. The wall where it is placed was, I think, at one time the main entrance to the grain barn that was added by the Farmer's Co-op. This contraption is located on the side of the old entrance. I wonder whether it was a grain scale or some other measurement device. The block of wood is notched into one of the main supports for the building frame and one of the wall studs. Whoever put the block and metal rod there certainly didn't want the device to go anywhere!
At one time, there was a large door here, and then a smaller door framed out later. I think the rod was bent later when the new framing went in. Still, not much evidence remains as to why this rod and the notched block are there.