At its peak, the Sears catalog listed 400 types of homes, barns and other buildings. Homes ranged in price from $700 to $5,000. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. You will need to register before adding a comment. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. Please be polite. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. Seven years ago, my wife and I stayed at a bed and breakfast on a South Dakota cattle ranch. It had been settled by the owner’s grandfather in 1920 and, because there was no place to buy and sell cattle in the area, he had also added an auction barn to the site. The ranch is nine miles of narrow dirt roads from anywhere, but the people had come and brought their cattle just as we had come and brought our interest and enthusiasm. The owner’s stories were all intriguing, but the one that caught our...