| April 2002

Old Geiser retrieved from a mountainside

It was a long drive, but it seemed to go quickly because we were so excited about bringing the old Geiser home. The trip had to be quick, like always, because being dairy farmers, we couldn't stay away too long.

It was June of 1999 when we went into the foothills of the Rockies, just north of Helena, Mont., to rescue the Peerless No. 4, which was snuggled under some pine trees.

It had been built 80 to 100 years earlier by the Geiser Manufacturing Co. of Waynesboro, Pa., and somehow found its way westard.

We hauled it more than 600 miles to our home in rural Almont, N.D. Whenever we'd stop for gas or food, we'd always find someone looking at it and commenting, 'What are you going to do with that?' or 'Are you really going to fix that thing?'

After I got home and got to looking at it some more, I do remember thinking, 'What did I get myself into?'

But once I started tinkering on it, I soon found myself working on the thing every spare minute - whether late at night or for a few minutes in between milking and feeding our dairy cows.