Uncle Paul, Krysta and I

| July/August 1997

1682 230th Avenue, Osceola, Iowa 50213

The year 1966, my mother had just died, and Uncle Paul picked me up in southeastern Missouri to live with him. It was too late in the year for the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. He told me all about the show, and I went for the first time in 1967 and I have only missed four years since.

The old engine bug got me, and I started out with a Clinton and a Briggs & Stratton. Uncle Paul showed me how to work on these small engines. We also made a go-cart out of a reel type mower with a Briggs motor on it.

My wife and I got married in 1982 and she called my engines and tractors junk, but she knew it was a lost cause when the rusty iron bug gets you.


In 1985 our daughter Krysta was born, and she has been around gas engines and tractors all of her life as you can see in the one picture of her on the VAC Case. She has a cast iron Briggs & Stratton, and she has her eye on one of my old chain saws and the VAC.