The Auction

| January/February 1986

300 East 3rd Lomor, Missouri 64759

I was one of the fortunate people who knew Ben Markley of Joplin, Missouri. I recently met his granddaughter, Linda Poe, whose job it was to administer the estate of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard White, which included much of her grandfather's collections.

I was asked to help with the auction. We sold treasures that had been in the family for three generations a horse-drawn 'steam' fire engine, over 200 steam whistles, stationary, traction, and portable steam engines just to mention a few.

I didn't know what was going through Linda's heart until I saw the tears in her eyes. So I wrote her a poem and would like to share it with the auction's bidders and the readers of IMA.