Bulldozer In The Old Barn

| October/November 1991

RR #4, Box 257, Waverly, Iowa 50677

As I was on lunch break where I am employed, I was reading my recent issue of GEM. After sharing it with a friend, he made the comment that he had seen a small bulldozer, no longer in use, at a farm south of Waverly.

The farm is owned by his uncle, Eugene Droste. I have known Mr. Droste for many years but was unaware he had this bulldozer in his barn. As I talked to the Droste's they informed me the dozer was not theirs as it had been left in the barn when the previous owners of the farm moved out of state in 1963. Also left was a 1929 Chevrolet coupe that sat next to the dozer.

They assured me they had no interest in the dozer and would give me the name and address of the owner, who now lives in Charleston, Illinois. I had known the owner, Mr. Wallace Witwer, when the family lived in Waverly back in the late 1950's. He was an engineer employed at the Shield Bantam Crane Company in Waverly.

I called Mrs. Witwer, asking her if the dozer would be for sale. She said possibly, but would have to talk to her two sons first to see if they had any interest in it and then would call me back.

She called the next day and informed me that, as her sons now live in other states far from Waverly, Iowa, they were not interested in keeping the dozer and it would be fine if it were sold.