Crops grown in the area from homesteading applications, were kept here.
Cellars built for the storage of large amounts of potatoes came into use in the early 1900s. Loose or baled straw was laid on top of pole rafters, and the roofing material on top of that. Roofing material could be wood shingles or tin. Dirt was piled up on the sides and even on top as in the case of a sod roof. There are several different roof types in cellars that have developed since 1900.