A Successful Day at an Auction

| August/September 2000

27 Loon Lake Road, Bigfork, Montana 59911

Auction day is here and it's time to head for St. Maries, Idaho, to a tractor and engine sale.

Skip Landis and son Jerry, Al Martinson, and I left home in northwest Montana at 6:00 a.m. so we would be on time at the auction site. We stopped at Paradise, Montana, for breakfast. I 'sprung' for breakfast, as I was anxious to get going and not miss the auction.

At about 9:00 a.m. we got to the sale site. The weather was wet and dreary, but from the size of the crowd at the sale, the weather wasn't a factor. I think the wetter the weather-the bigger the crowd.

Like everyone else, I looked over things quickly. Then I went and got a bid number and waited for things to start. My buyer number was 48.

The auctioneer said his usual speech of how everyone needs a buyer number to get in on the bidding. He also said that at noon, engines and tractors would be sold. That was good, as that would give me a chance to look things over more closely and also see who else was interested in the same items as I was.