Innocents Abroad Or In England It's Corn


| January/February 1967



R.D. 2, Granville, Ohio

Once in a while Elmer, life comes into real sharp focus and you realize that land marks are suddenly familiar. I had this feeling last Saturday when Lyle Hoffmaster and I pulled into an Amishmans barnyard to load and bring home a 28 inch Nichols and Shephard thresher. Except for its being 10° above zero and just sun up I had the feeling that I ought to be cleaning the flues and hunting up kindling so the Mc Namar Engine would be ready when the dew was off.

Lyle reminds me a good deal of 'The Specialist' in that he takes pride in having all the rigging on hand and in good condition. We never made a false move in hoisting the thresher aboard and hauling it 50 miles.

We still thresh and shred corn at home and last year we declared dividends to study the art in England. You see the time was ripe for us in that the kids are about to leave the nest.

Our means of travel was deliberately old-fashioned - overnight train to New York, Queen Mary to England and return and a British car while in England. Elmer, we sat on the wrong side of the car and drove on the wrong side of the road for one thousand miles.

As you might expect we visited Castles, rode a cog railroad and did the things most tourists do. We also were most polite in Lampeter, Wales from whence my Forefathers left while the police were wondering who might have destroyed all those twelve Toll gates between Grandpappys farm and the only market. British law just might hold a grudge unto the 4th generation.