Leet/Hassler Farmstead History
William A. Leet and Frederick H. Hassler
The William A. Leet/Frederick H. Hassler Farmstead is named for the two owners of the property responsible for the construction of the house and garage (Leet), and the construction of the barn and most other outbuildings (Hassler). This historic farmstead is located at the eastern edge of the city of Manning in the Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park.
Leet owned the property from 1915-1918, and Hassler owned it through the heyday of the “Fashion Herd” Poland China hog operation from 1918-1936. Hassler first worked for Leet from 1915-1918 before owning the property.
The farmstead has local historic significance as it represents an innovative and progressive, early 20th-century Poland China purebred hog operation. It’s architectural design features a Craftsman-style house and garage which reflects William Leet’s wealth and fashionable tastes.
The Craftsman-style house and three-bay garage were constructed in 1916 for William and Ann Leet. The braced-rafter, gambrel-roofed barn was built in 1917, followed by the hog house, chicken house, scale house and boar house in the late 1910s-1920s. The corncrib was added by a subsequent owner in 1943.
Leet/Hassler Farmstead Virtual Tour
Lett/Hassler Farmhouse Virtual Tour
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