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Restoration of 100-year-old farmhouse was labor of love

EXPANSIVE FARM HOUSE — Jackie Borer stands on the steps of the home restored during 2017 and 2018. Visible on the left are the two decks. ‘’I had a vision of what it should be,’’ Jackie said of the upper deck. Monty Reicks of Petersburg Building & Supply helped design it.
By Twylla Crosby

A rooster crows from the large chicken house, farm cats roam, and in the nearby corrals are Alpacas and “a couple of” horses, while Buddy, the indoors/outdoors dog, has his own bed on the floor of the master bedroom at the acreage west of Petersburg owned by Jackie and Alan Borer.
“I just love being out in the country, and I love the house because we did all the work on it and we have a beautiful place,” Alan Borer said. ‘’Without Ted and Mona (Thieman) going out of their way to sell to us, we’d never have had it.”
Jackie Borer loves antiques, and old houses, and she throughly enjoys having it all since they moved into their fully renovated home.  
Both grew up on farms but they raised their children, Bryant, Shaylee and Stephanie, while living in town in Petersburg. 
“We kind of always wanted to live out in the country,” said Alan, who works for Pillen Family Farms and raises cattle with Jackie’s dad, Ray Thieman. 
It was a perfect match for them when Ted and Mona Thieman agreed to sell them the ‘Huisman’ house and 20 acres in September 2017. They moved in just before Christmas, 2018.
The intervening months were filled with days of planning, innovating, lots of plaster dust and hard work for them.
“Thank God for family and friends,” Alan said.
The house was built by Carl and Anna Huisman in 1918.
Read the complete feature in the Feb. 5 Albion News print and e-editions.

Alan and Jackie Borer by the Christmas tree in their living room.
New staircase was designed to match original railings. Jackie has decorated with a variety of antique items, including the Victorian secretary at right