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Finding the J.D. Plow Company

| May/June 1995

1087 Potts RoadDay Creek Sedro Woolley, Washington 98284

On my last day off, I had to go back into town (20 miles one way) to do the usual busy work one procrastinates over. When I finished I decided to stop at the junk 'antique' shop. The one we've all said, 'One day I should stop and look' kinda place. It's located in an old weathered house, low valued unmanageables piled out front, each room stuffed to capacity with very little order. Ah, my kind of place!

Passing the glassware, household, furniture rooms, I discovered a small nook of tools. Tools in baskets, tools in boxes, tools spread on the floor, tools hanging on the wall. After moving, plowing, and shuffling, I came up with a few nice implement tools. Satisfied, I moved through rooms of toys, more furniture, and into a hall piled from floor to ceiling with books. Something about old books: they draw me like a yellow jacket at the family picnic. After moving each pile selectively, I found nothing. Rats!

But wait, there with the scratched records (Mitch Miller singalongs, Perry Como vintage), I spotted a 'Kansas City As It Is.' Hmmsounds harmless. Seems it's a city directory of fine lithos showing public and commerce buildings, sometime around late 1903-early 1904; no autos, only horse and carriage and steam locomotives. Suddenly, there's the J.D. Plow Works and J.D. Harness Works, Studebaker wagon, Rock Island Implement, Webster Gas Engine Works, numerous old railroad lines that no longer exist I can hardly contain myself trying to be 'Joe Cool' as I approach the lady of the establishment. We settle on a total and I'm out the door to sit in the car to closely examine my latest 'treasures.'

Perhaps you have one of those 'One day I should stop there' places. Don't wait I may beat you to it!


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