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McArthur said gone are the days when workers could do multiple tasks and contractors knew how to do everything to make a home come together.

Looking back, he said there's nothing to do but move forward.

Sylvester says he thinks of his ancestors looking down as he cares for the land they left him. He said his mother was a strong woman who never gave up, and he faces adversity like September's floods with her strength in mind.

"(McArthur) did a total restoration to keep the integrity of this 100 year old girl," said Sylvester's wife, Roni. "Now she's 110 and he's back again. He's mad as hell."

Sylvester's family homesteaded the land just north of LaSalle 145 years ago. His grandfather built the white farm house, settled next to a big, red barn.

Downstairs, McArthur pointed out Newton's handmade duct work, custom built to reduce the cracking and popping that comes with heating and cooling.

McArthur is 64, like three other workers: Dave Adolph, who handles plumbing; Phil Adamson, who does drywall; and Bob Janata, who does painting and general carpentry work.

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"There are many things destroyed, but such is life," he said. "You've just gotta move on. You can't be a quitter."

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McArthur said he and his crew don't build homes because they have to; they do it because they want to, and that shows through in their work.

"We aren't doing this again," McArthur said with a chuckle.

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McArthur and Sylvester both lamented the gradual disappearance of their trades.

Chuck Sylvester, retired general manager of the world renowned National Western Stock Show, Colorado 4 H Hall of Fame inductee and former candidate for governor, said as he ran upstairs to escape floodwaters that filled the basement in just 15 seconds, he didn't have much time to think of what the water was doing to his beloved home.

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McArthur and Chuck Sylvester said they take great pride in their backgrounds as they come together in this old house that represents the history of both agriculture and fine carpentry, both of which, they say, are fast fading trades.

"The way agriculture is going, you can't make a living on it," he said. "I'm not alone. There are many people up and down the river who are facing the same thing I am."

"I can't find anybody who wants to work," McArthur said. "When we were young, people would fight for the construction jobs."

Roni Sylvester said her husband's hope in restoring the home is not to pass it on to family but to pass along the history of his ancestors who settled there and worked the farm.

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Taking a break from construction at a LaSalle restaurant recently, McArthur talked about his crew of six who worked on the house originally and returned to work this fall.

McArthur and the original crew many of whom were born in the same year crack jokes as they work to restore the 110 year old, two story house.

wants to really preserve the integrity of this home so that maybe there will be an opportunity to help our upcoming generation have authentic history they can look at," she said.

Walking through the house Thursday, McArthur pointed out the craftsmanship of his crew. They had finished tearing out and replacing 2 feet at the bottom of the wall, but there was no sign the wall had been damaged. Heimbuck whose self made, wooden toolboxes look nice enough to be furniture was preparing to replace the flooring, having already replaced some custom wood doors and frames.

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Roni Sylvester said before she and her husband had even called McArthur about fixing up the flood ravaged home, he had already ordered the necessary equipment. He knew what needed to be done.

Sylvester, the fourth generation to live on the farm, said he'll likely be the last.

It took September floodwaters just minutes to undo their work on the Weld County farmhouse, smashing a window to flood the basement and filling the ground floor with 6 inches of mud and 17 inches of water.

"We call this 'the house that John built' because he has tremendous pride in this home," she said.

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"These guys can make anything," McArthur said. "They build it if they need it."

A decade ago, it took John McArthur and his crew of craftsmen about a year and a half to completely restore the century old family home of Colorado Agriculture Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester.

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the group are Jack Newton, 61, who does sheet metal work; Ron Heimbuck, 58, who does finished carpentry; and Davey Williamson, 50, who does drywall and plaster.

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