925 5th Street West, Redfield, SD 57469
On July 4th, Orient, South Dakota celebrated their Centennial.
My brother-in-law Ken Schafer and I both grew up on farms near
Orient. We decided to put together a parade entry and this is what
we came up with. Although the pictures don’t seem to show it,
it was pouring down rain. It didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s
Ken is pulling the float with a 1930 G. P. John Deere. I am
riding on the float to keep the engines running and to keep anyone
from getting hurt. Ken’s boy Ryan is also riding on the float
throwing out candy.
We had a lot of fun and saw a lot of faces that were full of
wonderment. We also heard comments like ‘You should have called
it unheard of farm power,’ or ‘That one is the best to cook
eggs in’ and ‘We used to have one just like that. I
haven’t seen one for years.’