Tall tale About A Buffalo

| January/February 1988

  • Buffalo Springfield Roller
    Carl Hymen's 1921 Buffalo Springfield Roller at Zolfo Springs.
    George Collins

  • Buffalo Springfield Roller

P.O. Box 644 Moore Haven, FL 33471

Photo by George Collins, Zolfo Springs, FL. Reprinted from 'The Engine Exhaust', newsletter of the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club

It all started with a phone call during supper in the spring of '84. Told the family it was nothing important, then later in the meal between the cremated casserole and the unusual rock cake, I mentioned that I thought it was time to have an addition to the family! That was when the 11-year-old kid started whoopin' and hollerin'......... WOW, gonna have a new brother or sister, don't care which!

The wife was giving me one of those 'yougottabe kiddinat our age' looks. When they both calmed down told them definitely not a baby; indeed, where would I put all my spare tractor parts that were in the extra bedroom ... I announced that hopefully in a little while, we were gonna be the happy owners of a buffalo.

The kid adapts easily, now only wanted to know: 'Can I keep him in my room till he grows up, and then ride him to school? The wife mentioned something about how we gonna feed the fool thing, and I immediately thought about the cremated casserole!

Dickering about the swap of my Nichols and Shepard steam engine for the buffalo went on for about a year and a half, many letters and phone calls, many of 'those' looks from the wife, and the kid thinking it'd be grown before we get it. The swap was arranged and the picture arrived of the BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD steam powered ROAD ROLLER!


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