Zeiders Family Loses Landmark Barn, Keeps Legacy Intact

This photo shows the Zeiders barn, built in 1938, with its original coat of white paint. It was ...

This photo shows the Zeiders barn, built in 1938, with its original coat of white paint. It was repainted red in 1979.
(Photo courtesy Zeiders family and "Images of America: Menifee Valley" book by Elinor Martin and Betty Bouris).
This photo, shot by family members in the early morning of Aug. 21, shows the barn engulfed in flames.
Family members stand on the barn foundation, which is all that remains after the fire.
Menifee lost a piece of its history last week, but the spirit of the pioneer family involved remains very much alive.

Descendants of Walter and Frances Zeiders (left) are saddened by the loss of a landmark Pennsylvania Dutch style barn built by Walter in 1938. The large red structure, recognized by many locals as a reminder of Menifee's past, burned to the ground last Wednesday, Aug. 21.

At the same time, however, they have been uplifted by the community support of their family, which is represented by four generations living on a sprawlin