SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1976



Soot In The Flues

Hi! And don't forget to change your 1975 to 1976 before too long. I've been writing the 1976 for quite awhile so therefore I'm ahead of you on that. Hope you all are enjoying a Happy Holiday Season and looking forward to the new year with joy in your hearts and love to your fellowman.

November 1st - a great day for the hunters as they took to the woods in proper attire and armed with determination and equipment to capture their prey there also were other kinds of hunters who came in campers, autos, by foot - you name it, properly attired to keep warm and armed with cash in pursuit of the object to capture, whether it be pictures, books, sewing machines, old pans, threshers and engines models, and hundreds of other items - at the Korn Krib Auction Sale at Earlene Ritz-mans.

Mother Nature favored us with much better weather than we had on September 27, the original date of sale (we had a flood) thus it was held November 1st. Personally, I was a bit disappointed in the fact the crowd did not number over approximately 300 throughout the day. We had all anticipated many more antique hunters.

I had a chance to meet a few of the wonderful folks from the Magazine Families (I.M.A. and G.E.M.) Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roberts and son of Columbia Station, Ohio, sat in the row behind me and we exchanged conversation throughout the day - they made several trips to the car with precious items they purchased.

In the row beside me were members of the John Kauffman family of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania - now I did not know John, but I wish I would have - he must have been a man of great accomplishments - I'm sure he was, for not only did he have 14 children, but there were so numerous items at the sale that he had, built by hand, as threshers, engines, etc. and so many hand painted pictures - very detailed and very beautifully done that were offered for sale and they all brought a fine price. It was quite touching to see such a representation of one family there to buy what they could of the handiwork their father (or grandfather) had fashioned. They spent over $2000 to get some of the items back and the smiles and tears made evident - to them they were worth every penny!

John Kauffman had also painted many signs and he had done two for Elmer Ritzman with the name 'Iron-Men Album Magazine' on them and a farm or threshing scene below the heading. One of these signs went to Roy Lehman of Mount Joy, Pa. who brought the auctioneer's gavel to rest at $340. I questioned Mr. Lehman later and he said - 'Well, I didn't want to go quite that high, but you see I had to have it - he was my friend and I knew him personally!'