No, this is not a post saying that there is something wrong with Steve, it is a way for me to ask him 2 questions that were prompted by his article on spring shackles in the latest edition of Vintage Ford 1st. Steve, tell me about that device you wear when you weld. Looks like one of those old picture viewers. 2nd. Where is Parkerfield, KS ?My new Rand McNally U.S. atlas does not list it. Thanks for your great story and interesting posts on the old car forums. Bill
Bill - Parkerfield is just a wee bit east of Arkansas City (that's probably on your map) very southern part of Kansas almost Oklahoma. Arkansas City is a little east of I-35.
Seth got it. I'm exactly five miles and a couple hundred feet north of Okieland and about twenty miles east of I-35. The story: Ten years ago the city commissioners in Arkansas City decided they were going to annex the area east of town. Folks out here didn't want to be in the city, and objected mightily. The response was "We don't care what you want. We're going to do it." So the folks hired a lawyer, and went to the county commissioners, and incorporated as a separate city to stay country. The town is named for my mom's family who settled here in 1870.
This site has a page with some early history: http://parkerfieldks.org/
That thing I'm wearing in the picture is like goggles, with a dark glass window for gas welding. The mask used for electric welding has darker glass because the light is brighter.
You must be living in a past time frame. Paper maps have all but been replaced by electronic or online maps. If you do a Google search for Parkerfield, KS (or most anyplace in the world) you will find a map, aerial photos, street views, basic information, other photos and even a photo of Steve with in model T in little Parkerfield.
Now I have a good reason to update my Streets & Trips. Parkerfield doesn't show up on my current edition. Or is it that Parkerfield and Arkansas City have the same Zip code? 67005
Does Silvedale show up? It's also 67005.
Here I am on satellite. My place is the plowed field and wooded area north of the road and the wheat field and wooded area south of the road. East of my wood lot is Parker Cemetery, which is very popular. People are dying to get in.
Love the old cemetary humor! It just never dies off!!
I'll bet your neighbors never complain about the noise.
Making light of a Grave situation.
You guys have some killer jokes.
Often referred to as Marble Orchards.
Do you know how many people are dead and buried in that cemetery?
Ans: All of them.
This thread is going down.----About 6 feet.
A little history on the area and the cemetery: Until white settlers arrived this was a sea of grass. Prairie fires killed off any trees that tried to sprout, and the only ones that survived were along major streams. When the cemetery was established in the 1870's, my great grandfather took a wagon about a hundred miles south to the Cimarron River, down in I.T., to bring back cedar seedlings for the cemetery. Since the first settlers started farms and the prairie fires ended, more and more trees have grown up. Today, with birds spreading the seeds, cedars sprout like weeds. Now there are businesses that work full time clearing pastures of eastern red cedar and other trees.
I stopped to see Steve a couple years ago and took him to "Lunch", boy what an appetite! I paid the bill after taking out a loan on my truck.
He told me to find his place look for the "Blue" tarp on the roof, which I found.
He also told me that he was not to far from "Lap Land, and at first I did not understand what he meant, but then I thought that was where Kansas "Laps over into Oklahoma. Had a good visit and saw all his "Goodies". When we went to lunch we took his car and that is the one he said blew a tire and tube off the wheel and the tire ended up somewhere in the wheat field. He will have to tell the story as it happened. He stopped by a fellow house and told him to be careful that there was a tire out there and he did not want him to hit it with the combine when they harvested the wheat, as it might damage the cutter head.
Steve have a great weekend. He even put out photo on the Forum or classified, one or the other.
Those trees to the north of your buildings must be eastern red cedars. When we lived in I.T. (OK) they sold those for Christmas trees.
The website says: Parkerfield / Where every person matters.
It is nice to matter. :-)
Jim, I've told people they can come and cut their own free Christmas trees, but so far no takers. Maybe that's too much work.
Steve, I am a treasure hunting junkie. With that kind of history, have you ever taken a good metal detector and checked out any of that land?
I'm still surprised at what I find here in Oregon, the land where every square inch seems to have been passed over by a coil more than once.
No, I haven't done any prospecting with a metal detector, but whenever I dig I'm likely to find something. Usually it's a broken part off some old farm equipment. I've also found horseshoes, pieces of melted dishes from the 1917 fire, an 1888 Indian head cent, and this:
He was my great grandma Parker's dad. After his wife died they put up a new stone with both their names on it, and this one came home and ended up buried in the yard. I found it when digging for a new gas line.
Dumb Limey that I am, I had think what "I.T." was......
That marker is remarkably preserved! Must be because it was underground and wasn't exposed to the elements. What a very cool find, made more so because of the family significance.
Dang, I bet a metal detector would find all kinds of neat stuff. (I said with jealousy..)
I.T. = Indian Territory
I understand they offer a nice lay-a-way plan. they also assure you that they will be the last to let you down.
Today, Poland's worst air disaster occurred. A small two seat plane crashed into a cemetery. So far, one hundred bodies have been recovered.
Terry that's some funny chit right there...
Reminds me of the old Polack joke about the two pilots coming in to land on the runway. As they get closer they determine the runway is shorter than it first appeared. As they get closer the pilot, in a panic, calls for more flap, more flap!
Coming to a screeching halt on the tarmac, the navigator says, "Damn, that was a real short runway!" to which the pilot, looking out each side window, replies, "Yeah but it sure is wide!"
WARSAW – A Polish terrorist died today and 37 bystanders were seriously injured in a suicide beating.