Back in the late seventies, when I was working in excavation, I had a rainy day off work so I was grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant when an older fella came over and said I looked familiar. I told him my name and he said he had worked for my Dad back in the 40’s and 50’s, His name was Buzz Fagaly and I recognized him as the owner of our local feed mill. We started talking about different things and he then said he wanted to tell me a little story. He said that Dad got rained out from the fields for several days back in the early 1950’s, so on one of those days he and a couple of his workers stopped for lunch at the same diner I was at which was near the Great Miami River. The river had swollen from several days rain and they saw a lot of the folks who lived in the river camps packing their belongings to get away from the rising water. All the camps were on skids so they could be moved to high ground in the winter months but nobody could get close enough to pull them out with trucks.
Buzz said Dad came home, got some chains from the barn and told Mom he was going to help the folks by the river and would be home when he was done. He then fired up one of his Farmalls, probably the "M", and headed out for the seven mile drive in the rain with his crew following behind in Dad’s Studebaker truck. He said it was getting dark when they got home but he and his guys had moved over a dozen river camps to higher ground behind the diner. Buzz said a few days later the river covered the area where the camps had sat and they would have been gone had Dad not gone for his tractor.
I mentioned this to Mom not long after that and she said it wasn’t unusual for Dad to go off with one of his trucks or tractors to give a hand when needed. I have always remembered this and I try to help whenever I can and I’m glad Melissa has picked up on this also. I doubt I will ever have to pull river camps to high ground, but the Cubs do find themselves clearing snow for neighbors or cutting the church grass across the road when there is no one else around.
It seems like everyone on this forum enjoys the satisfaction of giving a hand in some way. That is one of the great things about this site.
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
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