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19 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

That Thunderbird looks newer than 59 hard to tell if the tail lights are round 

I’m thinking 1958 based on the side trim.  The “square” birds were made from 1958-1960 with minor changes.

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Since its winter I have some plowing photos 

Greenville Maine Snowplowing pre-1930 postcard.

Cletrac crawler with Sargent Plows clearing the way a Lombard Hauler on pull back and sanding duty 

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Best Crawler with plow Greenville Maine 1923

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Truck with Sargent T-40 plow the radiator shell looks Autocarish

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Leeds Maine gets a new Walters Snow Fighter 1946

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Sanford Maine Chevy plow truck

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Cletrac with Sargent Overshot loader loading Snow into a IHC KB Bath Maine 1948

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Russell Single Track Plow Presque Isle Maine 1939

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And the old method rolling snow 

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Gary. Happy New Year!, I wanted to share with you this video I made of Cameron learning to run my mighty 25hp George White. I have made a few changes, upgrades, and adjustments to it since bringing it home in 2018. It is a real pleasure to work on, and operate. 

 

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A couple of weeks ago there was a discussion about "Marmon Cloverleaf" cars. Well, in a round about way, that brought up interesting memories for me. When l first started hauling crude oil in 1990 l worked for a company called "Pride Pipeline". That was the crude hauling division. There was also "Pride Refining" division which had the refinery in Abilene, Texas and trucks that hauled jet fuel to a lot of Air Force bases in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

They had a few old Mack's from the 60's and 70's but most of fleet was about 200 Marmon conventionals, 1985, '86 and '87 models. They all had Cummins big cam 400 engines and Eaton 9 speed transmissions and Hendrickson 44.000 lbs. rear suspensions. A majority of the jet haulers had air starters for safety on the Air Force Bases.

  The truck l was eventually assigned was a '87 model which had been involved in a roll over. lt was sent back to the factory in Garland, Texas and rebuilt. The best part of that deal was that the factory put a 1990 model deluxe cab back on it. So out of the 200 Marmons, mine was the only one with a a fancy factory interior. But on with the story.....

Ever since Pride sold out to Sunoco in 1999, l have been looking for some pics of the Pride trucks but have not been to find any nowhere. None online or from other Pride drivers. That is till a few days ago. l joined a Marmon truck FB page and asked if anybody had any pics of Pride trucks. Well, lo and behold a guy answered and said he had two old Pride Marmons and would send me some pics. Sure enough he did. Not the best pic but come to find out he only lives about 25 miles from here and said l could come and take all the pics l want.

Of course all the crude equipment like the pump, centrifuge and other stuff is long gone. Hard to explain, but it's sort of like a long quest has been completed.

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On 1/3/2023 at 10:27 PM, jeeper61 said:

Since its winter I have some plowing photos 

Greenville Maine Snowplowing pre-1930 postcard.

Cletrac crawler with Sargent Plows clearing the way a Lombard Hauler on pull back and sanding duty 

Cletrac Sargent plow lombard hualer Greenvill ME.jpg

Best Crawler with plow Greenville Maine 1923

1923 best plow Greenville Maine.jpg

Truck with Sargent T-40 plow the radiator shell looks Autocarish

Autocar Plow truck.jpg

Leeds Maine gets a new Walters Snow Fighter 1946

Walters Plow Truck leeds Maine 1946.jpg

Sanford Maine Chevy plow truck

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Cletrac with Sargent Overshot loader loading Snow into a IHC KB Bath Maine 1948

Cletrac Sargent overshot loader ME.jpg

Russell Single Track Plow Presque Isle Maine 1939

Steam Train.jpg

And the old method rolling snow 

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Bet the guy operating the Best crawler had the world by the tail in that cab!

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17 hours ago, Mike H said:

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I worked on this one restoring it

Mike

That is a nice looking restoration you guys did with it. It also looks like it could go right back to work too! I remember the old Milwaukee RR using these to bust through the drifts the rolling hill cuts the tracks ran through around our farm. Gary😉

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1 hour ago, Old Binder Guy said:

That is a nice looking restoration you guys did with it. It also looks like it could go right back to work too! I remember the old Milwaukee RR using these to bust through the drifts the rolling hill cuts the tracks ran through around our farm. Gary😉

the only issue is the main timbers are a little rough and should have been replaced

to be used

we had to chain it in place so the foot ball team would not roll it down hill and in to the woods :rolleyes:

Mike

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On 1/4/2023 at 2:15 PM, Farmall Doctor said:

Gary. Happy New Year!, I wanted to share with you this video I made of Cameron learning to run my mighty 25hp George White. I have made a few changes, upgrades, and adjustments to it since bringing it home in 2018. It is a real pleasure to work on, and operate. 

 

Darryn, that's the way they develop perfection at the throttle and reverse. That's a nice looking engine! I've never been on one but they have a great reputation from what I've heard. Gary

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l found this pic of a little hamburger joint in Dumas, Texas in 1939. l can read most of the brands but there are a couple that l'm not familiar with. And before anyone gets bent out of shape, that's not a swastika but a Navajo symbol meaning "crooked sun". A ranch in the upper panhandle of Texas has been using it since the 1870's. And the "7UP" don't mean the soft drink but seven Scottish investors that owned a ranch in the western panhandle. And of course the "O bar" and the "Bar B Q" brands. There is one that looks like the IH but l don't think that's what it is...lol  And at least for now one the most famous brands in America is the 6666's.  l also like the prices on that sign. 10¢ for a ice cream or a hamburger and 5¢ for a soft drink.  Somebody said that car is a 1937 Dodge.....?

 

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13 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

l found this pic of a little hamburger joint in Dumas, Texas in 1939. l can read most of the brands but there are a couple that l'm not familiar with. And before anyone gets bent out of shape, that's not a swastika but a Navajo symbol meaning "crooked sun". A ranch in the upper panhandle of Texas has been using it since the 1870's. And the "7UP" don't mean the soft drink but seven Scottish investors that owned a ranch in the western panhandle. And of course the "O bar" and the "Bar B Q" brands. There is one that looks like the IH but l don't think that's what it is...lol  And at least for now one the most famous brands in America is the 6666's.  l also like the prices on that sign. 10¢ for a ice cream or a hamburger and 5¢ for a soft drink.  Somebody said that car is a 1937 Dodge.....?

 

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twostepn2001, That's a wonderful photo. I'm a brand buff. We have some great old brands here in Montana too. There were a lot of cattle that left Texas and came to Montana. Now that car. Someone misinformed you. I don't know what it is. But We had a 37 Dodge sedan and this one isn't. Roger may know what it is? I don't think it is a Lincoln Zephyr. They had a flatter slope in back. That sedan in the distance could be a 1936 Ford Standard Tudor, or Fordor. They didn't have a bulging trunk.  Thanks again for this great photo. Gary😉

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Gary, here is another store with brands on it although a lot newer pic. lt is a hardware store in Anson, Texas.

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And here is a Google pic of the Swenson ranch brand that was based in Stamford, Texas at one time. lt is made out of painted rocks. Then another pic of it from the side of the highway.

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And just few miles down the road is the "Rusty Bull" sculpture. From the ground to the upper horn tip is 25 feet. The "H" brand stands for the sculptor-welder that made it. The highway supposedly crosses the "old Chisholm trail" at that point. The same person also built a giant spur at Fort Chadbourne, Texas.

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On 1/13/2023 at 9:05 AM, twostepn2001 said:

Gary, here is another store with brands on it although a lot newer pic. lt is a hardware store in Anson, Texas.

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And here is a Google pic of the Swenson ranch brand that was based in Stamford, Texas at one time. lt is made out of painted rocks. Then another pic of it from the side of the highway.

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And just few miles down the road is the "Rusty Bull" sculpture. From the ground to the upper horn tip is 25 feet. The "H" brand stands for the sculptor-welder that made it. The highway supposedly crosses the "old Chisholm trail" at that point. The same person also built a giant spur at Fort Chadbourne, Texas.

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twostepn2001, That's interesting history. I know the Chisholm Trail was more popular than the Texas Trail. At least more movies referred to the Chisholm in western movies when I was a kid. I'm only familiar with the Texas Trail because that is the trail Teddy Blue Abbott was a hand moving cattle to Montana on it. Abbott never went back to Texas. When they'd delivered the herd to the DHS ranch, he spotted Granville Stuart's daughter Mary. The DHS stood for Davis, Hauser and Stuart. It was a giant ranch about 15 miles from Lewistown, where I was born. This was Teddy Blue Abbott sitting at left with cow punchers. It may have still been in Texas??

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Granville Stuart in 1868. He discovered the first gold nugget in Montana. His Granddaughter Catherine had the nugget, showed it to me and I got to hold it back in 1984. She had all sorts of historical things, including Christmas cards from Charlie Russell, etc.

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Granville Stuart married Awbonny Tootanka, a Shoshoni. 

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Their daughter Mary Stuart that Teddy Blue Abbott married. Stuart helped them get a ranch of their own, next door, near the gold mining town of Gilt Edge (one of the gold mining towns Grandpa Jäger freighted to when he discovered HIS homestead in the late 1870s.). 

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Her husband, Teddy Blue Abbott.

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They raised a family together and he was a central Montana icon. The older young man at rear left was Mary's brother. The boy at right rear was Theodore Jr. He dated my mom's sister Ann in high school. He was a fantastic fiddle player too.

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Teddy blue is having a drink at the Gilt Edge Saloon with Calamity Jane. Of course they had to trade hats.

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Teddy Blue and old west artist Charlie Russell were "cowboy buddies" for life. This photo taken in Lewistown at Culver Studio.

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Granville Stuart was the Ranch boss and operating partner of the DHS Ranch. He became a Vigilante leading and was known as "Stuart's Stranglers" having hung several cattle and horse thieves (local reports of "Thirty some") in Montana's Judith Basin. In the terrible (worst) winter of 1876-77 most of their cattle were lost. After that, his ranch partners helped him become a US Ambassador to Uruguay. He left his wife Awbonny and the Abbott family didn't have much to do with Mary's father from then on, as he'd married a white lady.

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Granville Stuart's 1 of 1000 Winchester 1873 Rifle sold for $250,000 in December, 2020 I've never seen this one, but I've held the 1976 Winchester Deluxe Rifle in 50-95 Caliber that Granville packed on horseback with the "Stuart's Stranglers." It was beautiful and I lusted and drooled all over it, as a friend bought it here in Montana. 

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Teddy Blue and Mary Abbott on horseback in later years.

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Teddy Blue lived out his life in central Montana.

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Not long before Teddy Blue Abbotts death Helen Hunnington Smith spent days with him in order to glean material for his book, "We Pointed Them North." I paid $40 for a first edition in an antique shop in Kalispell about 40 years ago. I've had many opportunities to sell it, but it's not for sale as long as my heart is beating.

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Montanan's think so much of Teddy Blue Abbott that in the past two years, a monument was erected for him trailing cattle to the DHS, only this shows him crossing the Musselshell River, near Roundup, Montana. The monument is in that town. But very befitting this Texan.

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Now, twostepn2001, since we're on the subject of longhorn cattle, I hope that longhorn steer you posted doesn't Point North to Dakota and strike up a relationship with this Holstein there. Their offspring would undoubtedly have horns though?

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As I farmed in central Montana I was always going to place Grandpa's "Crown" brand up on Beaver Creek hill near that brush coulee. But the 1980s Recession did me in first and I didn't get that done. 

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But there is a Montana Farm with IH Tractors and son Mike made up for my lost dream.

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And on both ends of the shed and shop, Grandpa Jäger's Crown Brand is displayed. Interestingly, the trail Grandpa would have taken from Fort Benton (the world's innermost port) to Helena, Montana Territory, freighting would have been about 100 feet to the right of Mike's shed! And another IH Tractor on a Montana Farm here too! The brand is above the Farmall M, "Toot." Gary😁

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And how befitting for this post that Teddy Blue Abbot's monument is just across the street from the Case IH Dealership in Roundup, Montana. 

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Since we've been talking about ranches lately, here is some pics l found at a national archives site. don't ask where or how l found it!!  lol  lt was one of those "down the rabbit hole" things. Click here, click there and l find things l wasn't even thinking about until l find them. These pics were supposedly taken by Russell Lee in Montana in 1939. lt didn't say where in Montana or what ranch it was.

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l bet that cup of water sure tasted good. Or l guess it was water, but it could've been fresh milk.

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Maybe this could've been one of the Dutton's on the Yellowstone ranch......but probably not.

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l've always thought it was a pretty sight to see a real working cow horse doing it's job.

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l'm not sure what that is on the middle cowboy's belt Looks sort of like a watch fob but never saw anyone carry a watch in their back pocket.

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twostepn2001, I love old ranch photos as much as old farm photos too. Thanks for posting those!

Cowboys on horses with saddle guns, rifles saddle ring carbines on the Shane Ranch on the Stillwater River south of Columbus, Montana.

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A Montana ranch, near Lewistown, used for stock raising (1872).

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Itinerant workers shear sheep on Baker family ranch about eight miles north of Terry in Eastern Montana. Gary Coffrin Photo. I'll bet those shearers could crack walnuts with their right hands at Christmas time. No need for a nut cracker.

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Trailing cattle on the Fergus ranch Ca 1880. James Fergus originally from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, established this ranch. The Yaeger Brothers "bought" it ca. 1935. The reason I say "bought" it, James' son died and his widow could no longer operate the place. The Yaeger Brothers trailed sheep from Beaver Creek to Crooked Creek every spring and back to Beaver Creek each fall. They always camped and spent the night on the Fergus Ranch, which is on Armells Creek. Mrs. Fergus told Dad's brother, Uncle George, "I want you guys to 'buy' my ranch." They talked it over. They told her, "We don't have any money (it was dirty thirties), but we'll take over your Fergus County Tax Debt (which took the "monkey" off of her back) and she did that. They wondered if they had made a terrible mistake too. I owned pasture down there until the 1980 Recession. (I got MY neck out of that noose then too.)

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This was part of the Yaeger Brother's sheep herd at the Armells ranch. I took a lot of ribbing over having sheep, when young. I think the sheep paid the bills with wool? Especially their mortgage.

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An early photo of horses and cars, rodeo entertainment at Whitlash, Montana. A few Model T Fords in the bunch too.

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Miles City, Montana Roundup Parade, 1915. The Roundup Rodeo, Patriotic Celebration, always held July 4th weekend. I love the old automobiles. Miles City is considered the "Cow Capital" of Montana. Their radio station my brother fed his news to over wires is station KATL. Photo courtesy of Gary Coffrin.

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The Miles City Rodeo in 1903.

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Lewistown and central Montana have always been rodeo nuts. These mostly ranchers have enjoyed this most of their lives. I was always "too chicken $---" for this game. And I saw a few of them removed in an ambulance from the arena. Accordion players don't do this, generally. Bob Heggem (father of my first girl date) below had the Winifred Rodeos on his ranch. They were really WILD! Some of them rodeoed most of their lives and we had some national champions.

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Rodeo is still big. These ranchers don't know when to quit.

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An early Montana cowboy.

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I was not bad on a horse, but I was crappy with a rope. Dad was good. This guy may be great?

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The "nighthawk" in cattle camps during the day, sleeping.

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Charlie CM Russell riding his horse on the South Fork of the Judith River in the Little Belt Mountains. He started with his outfit as a "nighthawk."

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Nighthawk, Charlie Russell in a roundup photo above Utica on South Fork in 1882. Charlie is 3rd from left seated.

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Kid Russell and another cowboy in Montana posing for a studio photo. I'm guessing this was a Culver photo from Lewistown, the closest photographer.

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A cow camp painting Charlie Russell obviously remembered this scene many days.

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This has to be another of Charlie's memories, "Bronc to Breakfast!" Look at that cook!

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The roundup.

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Laugh Kills Lonesome. Charlie at right.

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These cowboys may have "bit off more than they can chew" here? Roping a grizzly bear.

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I have a photo copy of this painting Montana's favorite cowboy, Charlie Russell did for his boss, L.E. Kaufman. Kaufman was wintering in the south, showing the remainder of his herd of cattle numbering 5,000, the winter of 1886-87. I paid for the copy, which lives about a mile from where I'm sitting under lock, key and glass at the Montana Historical Society Museum.

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My wife used the above photo in a book she published about my grandmother in Y2K or 2,000. She used the photo to compare Grandpa's livestock, about 35 miles from Kaufman's Ranch. Charlie used to stop and visit neighbors and Grandpa Jäger on his way to Lewistown on horseback. Sharon reported in her book, "... Frank and Rosalie managed to plant and harvest five acres of oats that yielded them 200 bushels for their stock in the fall of 1886..." I can't find it in the book, but I think Grandpa had 11 acres of hay he'd harvested and put near his rickety barn. He had very little livestock loss. Grandma's cousin, a few miles away, but closer to the Big Snowy Mountains lost nearly all of his livestock. This sounded the death knell of the "Open Winter Range pasture grazing." Ranchers knew the necessity of putting up hay from then on. Grandpa's mowers were built by McCormick and binders were built by Deering. So their 1881 homestead was aimed toward someday having IH Tractors on a Montana Farm! Dad was their last child born in the log cabin at the left. Grandpa had built a house later and the rest were born there (Or on a haystack, or when Grandma was shocking bound grain.) Gary😉

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Think there's something around the house by him & I can't think of what it is. It wasn't until several years ago that I became familiar with Charlie Russell. There's a big gas station in St. Regis that had some copies of his work hanging in the big gift shop. They even had a painting that had some LEDs added to it. They also had the full colored version of The Last of 5000. It's my favorite by far!

On a side note....

That place has been a bad influence & has led me to near financial ruin on a couple of occasions. It isn't all the slot machines, either.... it's everything huckleberry that is stuffed into my arms by the time I leave there. Including the house special burger with the huckleberry sauce on it that's on top of the pile. Boy are those good! Just have to meter my intake of the berry stuff, as rest stops aren't as abundant off of 90 on that side of MT. Did not want another "Great Rainier Cherry Incident of 2016".

Mike

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9 minutes ago, Absent Minded Farmer said:

Think there's something around the house by him & I can't think of what it is. It wasn't until several years ago that I became familiar with Charlie Russell. There's a big gas station in St. Regis that had some copies of his work hanging in the big gift shop. They even had a painting that had some LEDs added to it. They also had the full colored version of The Last of 5000. It's my favorite by far!

On a side note....

That place has been a bad influence & has led me to near financial ruin on a couple of occasions. It isn't all the slot machines, either.... it's everything huckleberry that is stuffed into my arms by the time I leave there. Including the house special burger with the huckleberry sauce on it that's on top of the pile. Boy are those good! Just have to meter my intake of the berry stuff, as rest stops aren't as abundant off of 90 on that side of MT. Did not want another "Great Rainier Cherry Incident of 2016".

Mike

 Mike, I have this small copy of the Last of the 5,000 in color. The other B&W my wife used has the data, the reason I posted it.

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I always head for the ice cream cones and fudge there in St. Regis. If I was Mt Matt, I'd weigh even more than I do! This was the day I first met Matt Eisenbacher, at St. Regis, where he'd given me a pair of IH plow shears.

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The shears in the shadow of the Little Genius IHC plow.

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I had to be creative mounting the shears, but I got them on.

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Then he brings his pitchfork to Silver Creek to thresh. Working there like an animal!

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His only reward that day was getting to steer the Reeves steam engine pulling the disk. Thank goodness he didn't bring any St. Regis fudge! Gary.

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