Sad and Happy Story Of A Clock and Gas Engine


| March/April 2001



2910 Maple Road, Manistee, Michigan 49660-9628

I was reading the story about the clock collector of Burl H. Gillum in the April GEM 2000.

It reminded me of what happened to me about an old time clock. I took a job at a Chevrolet dealer in 1971 where my younger brother was working in Ludington, Michigan. At the time, I was living in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 17 years. I wanted to move back north where I was raised before World War II. I took the job and stayed at my brother's place while I looked for a place to move my family to. This was the early part of 1971.

One day at work, I spotted an old time clock. My brother asked the new owner of the dealership about the clock. He said it belonged to the former owner. One day the former owner stopped in for a visit and my brother asked him about the clock, as my brother had worked for him before he sold out to the new owner. The former owner said we could have the clock, but we should tell the new owner that he gave it to us. When we told him, the new owner said, 'Well, if he is going to give it away, I have friends who would like it.' I thought, two can play the same game. I told my brother, 'When you see the former owner, ask him to take it home.' The next time the fellow stopped by, my brother told him what happened and asked him to take it home, and we would pick it up after work. So, he did.

(Now the sad part.) The fellow put the clock in the back of his Jeep wagon and left. After work, we went to get the clock, and after a short talk with the fellow, my brother came back empty-handed.

He said, 'Guess what!'