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22 hours ago, MT Matt said:

Gary, have you been to the giant museum in Polson?  The Miracle of America Museum.  I met the owner a couple weeks ago at an auction in Ronan and he asked me if I wanted to buy any Farmall stuff. He might have some things to let go. 

My cousin from Iowa and his wife as well as Denley, the gentleman with me the day I met you in Helena to give you some parts, went also. The place was just massive!  He has been collecting for over 45 years I guess. 

Everything you could think of plus many things that you wouldn’t. I took some pictures of the three steam engines for you. Altman Taylor, Frick and Rumely. 

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There was a large wooden threshing machine there.

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He also had a finished reaper just like yours. 

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He didn’t have many loose Farmall parts but I did get out of there with a very nice M pto shield and battery box, an H battery box with lid that was in perfect shape and couple other small things. He was fair on his prices for what I got. The place was definitely a wide taste of Americana. 

MT Matt... Gil Mangels has been a great friend of mine for about 40 years! I went there because he'd gotten a hold of me about an old Advance steam engine he used to have setting out front. I took this photo of him kneeling in front of it at the time.

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I've donated items and sold him things before I moved from Kalispell to Helena. Wouldn't you know. The photo I have of Dad's forge bellows I donated to the blacksmith's shop there, is one that evaporated when I lost my hard drive. It's all set up in there and has a plaque saying it was Joe Yaeger's forge bellows.

 I sold him the "non standard keyboard" Blickensderfer portable typewriter from the Fergus County Argus newspaper.

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And I sold him Andrew Fergus' "velocipede." Andrew was James Fergus' (father of Fergus County) son. James Fergus was also the namesake for Fergus Falls, Minnesota. I've kind of regretted selling those things, but at my age, I guess they have a good home. 

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The Miracle of America Museum is dubbed "The Smithsonian of the west." If ANY of you ever get to Montana, do yourself a huge favor and visit the museum in Polson, Montana. Gil is a great patriot and he does a great job of showing how America was formed by our forefathers. I used to have so many photos of the museum items that vanished. While at Whitefish, i even played my squeezebox at one of his annual Live History Days about 40years ago.

Hey, I went to an old external hard drive (I have about 5 of them) and found the forge bellows and the plaque I required for Dad's memory.  Gary😁

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PS: MT Matt, also thank you for the photos you posted  from Gil's museum! Gil has lots of hammers too, right Sledgehammer!

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Well I looked right at your family bellows because I remember the red motor in front of it. I guess I couldn’t see the plaque from my view. Gil has much of his displays fenced off because of people with sticky fingers.  I should have known you two knew each other.

Gil is a character and a passion for his things. I invited him to come down this way some time and see if he needed anything I have. Might add to his collection from mine. 😎

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I remember it all too well

wife called me said [you need to call Scott at the bridge]

called him and he said ''we are under attack'' were locked down on top 

can you watch the under side ,, DONE

over watched  the underside of the Blue Water Bridge till law enforcement got it covered.

 then waited to hear what was going on

 

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I can't remember where I was when the news Elvis died, Princess Diana etc but will always remember when we heard the news of 911, really the world changed from that day forward 

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I remember exactly where I was that morning.  My Brother turned 16 that day. 
 

As for the the museum, it’s a good thing I’m not closer or I’d be trying to buy hammers from him. I keep mine strung out so nobody knows how many are actually there. I think I’m around 180+/- 

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On 9/12/2023 at 2:45 PM, hardtail said:

I can't remember where I was when the news Elvis died, Princess Diana etc but will always remember when we heard the news of 911, really the world changed from that day forward 

...a little off topic   Lance, but I still vividly recall November   22nd   1963  .......We still had tobacco   to plant that day...and I wondered why Dad was late  , at the sheds etc

I never did bother with 'daily news '  back in those , for me , halcyon days...thus that morning at that point was unaware of President JFK 's   shocking demise...but Dad, who because of his role with the RAF,  worked closely  with the Americans  at the   US  Naval Base in   Trincomalee, Ceylon ....was absolutely stunned , that an American President could be taken out like that....

The world was set back that day...for sure....and had he realised   what lay behind the demise of JFK....he again would , like thousands of others been  shocked beyond belief.....

Mike

 

 

Mike

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911 I was working at maytag Plant #1. Was doing my skilled trades apprenticeship training at the time. Don't recall what we were working working on. But we had a TV in the break area we turned on and were watching live when the towers came down. 

My very young at the time son was concerned and for quite some time wanted to know if they had found Osama. We were talking about that the other day.

Jfk was a year or a bit more before I was born. But it was still talked about somberly by my teachers when I was in grade school. 

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I know I've stated this all before, but here I go again. Sharon and I had married in April. In November, she worked at the Northwestern Bank of Lewistown. I was working in the Bourke Motor & Implement Shop. Johnny had taken in the first IH Scout he'd sold in 1962. It was sold to the King Hutterite Colony west of Lewistown. It was VERY shop worn from that hard year. Johnny had sold them a 1963 (maybe it was a new 1964?) Scout. I was doing bodywork on the Scout, in preparation for repainting it. It came over the shops radio that, "President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas."

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This was around 10:30-11:AM. Everyone was stunned. A wealthy rancher parked his Mark II Continental and came into the shop. He said, "Kennedy wasn't my man, but that's not how we change presidents in this country."

I picked Sharon up for lunch. We drove to the east end of Lewistown to the Tastee Freeze. We ordered our usual steak sandwiches and a drink. While we were eating there, it came over the car radio that President John F. Kennedy was dead. That day, vice president Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as president in Air Force One.

Kennedy's funeral was a huge procession. His coffin bier was the one that was used for President Abraham Lincoln.

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This photo had to be the top photo after everything settled down and JFK Jr. saluting his passing daddy on the same coffin bearer Abraham Lincoln was escorted to his grave after his assignation.

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In 1964, Sharon and I flew to New York City for the World's Fair, then ventured up to Washington D.C. At Arlington National Cemetery, I took this photo of JFK's temporary grave while larger plans were in the mix. The Eternal Flame was burning here from the beginning too.  Gary😔

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In this clear and perhaps rather surprising view from 17,500’ (5,300m) beneath the surface of the Pacific, a 1941 International Harvester A14 “Shop Mule” sits still chained to the deck of aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Most famous today for being host vessel of the successful Doolittle Raid in April of 1942, the carrier was later lost during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on October 27th of the same year. This and a number of other stunning photos were taken soon after the lost ship’s discovery by Paul Allen’s research vessel R/V Petrel in January of 2019 off the coast of the Solomon Islands, these being the first new images seen of Hornet in more than 76 years.

Similar in form and appearance to other International Harvesters of the period used in agricultural work, this machine would have been employed aboard as a tow tractor for use in moving aircraft - likely including the famous B-25B Mitchells of the first bombing raid on Japanese soil during WWII.

Gary😉

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PS: My daughter Mev in Seattle used to work for Paul Allen, who was Bill Gates' partner in Microsoft.

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This pic is supposed to be the USS Hornet shortly after her role in the Doolittle raid. l've wondered what kind of tractors they are and why they have duals.

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One of my cousins was married to a Doolittle Raider. Master Sgt. Theodore (Ted) Laban. He was the bombardier on the 10th B-25. That plane and crew landed in Russia instead crash landing in China. Years later it was revealed that they was ordered to land in Russia by President Roosevelt to find out what reaction the Russians would have since technically they were still neutral at the time. They was held prisoners for 13 months before being released. He later flew missions over Japan in B-29's. Retired from the Air Force in 1956.

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1 hour ago, iowaboy1965 said:

I would guess the duels were to help on the sand? 

That’s my guess also. I know they made some specialty machines for that purpose in other eras of war. 

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