Eclectic Collection: Antique Farm Relics Find Two Unique Homes
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One of two cars in the store is a 1916 Overland 4-door backed up to a Fry gas pump with the price set at 17.6 cents per gallon. A horse-drawn bobsled was probably used to feed cattle.
Holding tight to the past
Like many collectors, Marvin’s heart is in the country. He has an agricultural background and still farms 900 acres one mile north of Pond Creek on property he purchased in 1958. He keeps busy with farming, travel and his hobby of collecting and restoring antiques. (Marvin does all of his own restoration except lettering and decal application, tasks he farms out to Nadine Ward, Wichita, Kan.)
“I’ve always been interested in collecting,” Marvin says, “but it wasn’t until 35 or 40 years ago that I had enough money to get serious about it.” He enjoys showing his collections to friends old and new, and hopes it’ll serve as a legacy: He’s established a trust to maintain his museum after his death. For now, he keeps adding to the collection, with no particular theme. “I just collect what I’m interested in,” he says. Judging by his collection, his interests range far and wide. But his relics stay put. “I sell my wheat and I sell my cattle,” he says, “but I don’t sell my antiques!” FCFor more information: Marvin’s collection may be viewed by appointment. Marvin Bules, Rte. 2, Box 41, Pond Creek, OK 73766; (580) 541-8999. Eugene Blake is a retired Presbyterian minister now living in Winfield, Kan. His work has been published in Green Magazine, Ageless Iron Almanac and Successful Farming. E-mail him at email@example.com.
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