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Snow collapses barn filled with classic Studebaker cars

By Kelsie Hoitomt

MENOMONIE — Jim Bahr had what he thought to be a well constructed barn and shed on his property, but Mother Nature proved him wrong as snow collapsed both buildings, burying several restored Studebakers he owned.

The barn and shed, which were on the property when Bahr bought the place over eight years ago, succumbed to the weight of the snow sometime during the weekend of March 8.

Bahr has been a collector of restored Studebakers for many years. He has several parts as well and even one vehicle that he restored himself.

Due to the excessive snow coverage, the amount of damage done will be unknown until the melting season begins.

What is known is that there are well over ten classic Studebaker cars on the property that may or may not be destroyed under the steel and timber.

Among his collection are a 1949 Studebaker Champion Convertible, a 1952 Studebaker Commander Hardtop, a 1964 Studebaker Cruiser and Pickup and an old Doctor’s Buggy from the 1800s.