The Happiest Boy I Know

| July/August 1984

Manistee, Michigan 49660

This is about a boy often or twelve.

Being a collector of old gas and kerosene engines, tractors, cars and what have you, does keep me busy. I am also a member of an old engine club, where my story gets its start.

This past year I had a chance to do more with my old toys. My wife and I were able to get to three old engine shows and to participate in two of them. We also attended three parades with my 1917 Chevrolet Touring car, making for a very enjoyable summer.

I am a member of the Western Michigan Old Engine Club, located at Ludington, Michigan. The club holds its annual show the first full weekend in August each year. This was where I first met the lad: a bright boy whose appreciation for the fine workings of the old hit and miss gas engines was evident to all who saw him.

My wife and I were attending the Buckley Show, near Traverse City, Michigan some two weeks later, with our 1935 Kaywood tractor and some engines, when we found our friends from the Ludington show were also there. They had arrived early in the week with another couple, who had their grandson with them the same lad I had observed at the Ludington show.