| September/October 1983

Rt 3, Box 3722 Grayling, Michigan 49738

Ray Hall with a model of his great grandads sawmill. Ray's grandad, John Perry, built the model and, for years, brought it to the Buckley Show. Really saws small logs. Ray did a terrific demonstration.

And so What's your heritage? Musical, agricultural, factory, mechanical, seamanship, educational, etc, etc.

What did your granddad or great-granddad do? Or even your dad? Don't you, when you meet someone new, sort of wonder - what did he do? I usually find out if I'm around a person very long. My dad and granddad were both farmers although granddad almost wasn't. If he hadn't left Germany in his youth, he would almost certainly have been a brewer, as was his dad. Granddad wanted to be a farmer, so, off to U.S. he went where he could be what he wanted to be. His farm, near the town of Hadley, is still in the family. Brother Gene bought it from Dad. But I go there often. Some sixty years ago, I collected 'old' engines from around that neighborhood and brought them home where they were mostly in Dad's way. Oh well!

But I said 'heritage'. That is what quite a lot of engine shows are getting to be. When our Buckley show started, it was mostly a bunch of old engines out along the edge of Joe Rebman's woods. Guys just got together and ran engines. Not so today. There are all sorts of heritages. Perhaps not everything that one would find at all the shows but almost. For example, this year there were 3 folks that at one time or another were pounding iron. One, in particular, Gary Smith from Ossineke, was as fine a real blacksmith as I have seen in these late years especially for a young fellow. He could hammer out almost anything that the crowd would ask for. And along with doing it, he talked to the folks and told them about it. Was a good crowd there all the time. And up on the hill, near the front of the clubhouse, was a potter working, running the wheel. Making all sorts of dishes, cups, and bowls and things. Answering all questions and 'teaching'. In the clubhouse there were many more crafts in action. And others out around the grounds. All this at an 'engine show'?

For this year we rented some more land to the northwest for the flea market. Some say it has doubled in size maybe not quite. Still, no person could possibly cover all the flea market and see all the engine show in one day. Of that I am sure.


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