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Offline WoodsWoman

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Speaking of Grandpa's
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:33:50 PM »
I found a few pictures of my grandpa, George.    There wasnt a thing in this world this guy couldnt do.  :)

Here are some pictures of when he was training goats to pull wagons.   Some he had trained for pack goats too, but I didnt have a picture of that.   

He also rebuilt/built stagecoaches, buggies, wagons,chuckwagons,  anything to do with horses..gramps did. 

Gramps was a metal worker , made tons of things with horse shoes.   His welder was going daily. 

The kid is my uncle Jerry , driving the goats in the towns parade.   Jerry also did trick horse shows for local rodeo's.  Now he raises quarter horses and elk.       

Anyway..  Here's my Gramps!   



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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 01:57:17 PM »
Thanks for posting this!  As a new Gramps, I can't wait to play the same role in my new grand daughter's life!
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 02:10:14 PM »
Great post.  Here's to Grandpas.  Mine could tell the species of bird by it's song.  Took me fishing for days and days into the northwoods in a canoe.  I remember his plaid shirt always smelled of pipe smoke.  His nickname was Moose.  Nice man.
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2012, 02:16:49 PM »
Gramps would fold up the cuff of his jeans and use it as an ashtray.  Flicking his Camels in there..then swat it really hard to make the ashes dissapear I guess.    Us kids used to laugh at that.   Grams would lift and eyebrow and snort at him.  ha ha ha.


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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 02:18:42 PM »
Thanks for posting this!  As a new Gramps, I can't wait to play the same role in my new grand daughter's life!
Same here + the grasndson :D
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 02:20:10 PM »
Mine rolled his own.  He always dug out the "automatic" cigarette rolller we  kids gave him for Christmas one year when we came over so we could roll some for him.
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 02:43:41 PM »
On that stagecoach,  the original 'suspension' was braided leather or something like that.  Gramps ended up using those long belts for saws in sawmills to replace it.   

After haveing a ride on it..  I have deep respect for those who rode many many rough miles in one.  It was soo bumpy, and I felt like I was going to tip out at any moment.   And theres really NOT that much room in those things.  No wonder the women in those full dresses back then were UNhappy....    And then to think of being shot at and horses going wild in a run....    And the luggage above made it even more top heavy..  **shivers**

Gramps would roll his own too when I was really little.  I remember him spitting the loose tobacco off his lips and one shred landed on my ankle... I went beserk.  He told me that he was just 'toughening' me up.  hah.


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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2012, 03:09:17 PM »
Mine loved Sanka instant coffee and Jim Beam.
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2012, 05:42:19 PM »
Thanks for posting the cool pics, WW.
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2012, 10:53:47 PM »
Mine loved Sanka instant coffee and Jim Beam.

Now THAT was one tough individual!
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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2012, 11:40:22 PM »
Thanks WW! Nice to see them old photos..
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How did you get them online? Scan them?

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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2012, 11:45:21 PM »
Your Welcome MnSport..    My mother scanned them, printed them to paper for me.  I then scanned the paper , resized, uploaded to Picture Trail and then linked it over. 

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Re: Speaking of Grandpa's
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2012, 12:41:47 AM »
I got to take my Gramps on a charter salmon fishing trip when he was 90, after all the trips he took me on as a kid. On his 100th birthday, there were 50 candles on the cake (all it would hold). He sat at the table and blew them all out from over a foot away. Never complained a day in his life, and never raised his voice, but boy you sure had no doubt when you were on his list!
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