I was going through some of my TT stuff the other day and found some things I tagged as bought from John Danuser from Missouri. John was a knowledgeable and interesting person. What ever became of his Model T stuff? Was there an auction?
I really enjoyed John's postings and miss them as well. As you said, knowledgeable and willing to share that info.
Used to see John at Chickasha every year. If there was ever an auction I never heard of it.
I heard from one person that one of the major vendors bought the whole collection, but havenít heard that from anyone else or a shred of evidence to back that up.
I have fond memories of John and what a nice guy he was. He was friendly and helpful to me when I was just starting out in the business. I liked visiting with him at auctions, swap meets, & tours, and even stopped at his place once.
John helped me out big time on the Covered Bridge Tour several years ago. I broke a front spring and did a parking lot swap at 11PM. He lent tools, lights, jacks, grease, and everything but the actual spring to get the job done. (Thanks to Jim Walker, Indy 500 T's Chapter, for the spring, which he drove all the way home to get for me!)
Rest in peace John...
Larry Becker was another guy that helped the Model T hobbie. I remember talking to him for over an hour when I bought my starter and alternator from him at Hershey. It was sad that he passed away later that year. I loved his guarantee on his starters and alternators, As long as Im alive they are guarantee for life! He did good work. Iv been running his stuff in my T for the last 5 years and not one problem. Its a shame his kids didn't follow in his shoes.
John was a great guy.
John and Karen also helped us out but it was on the Hillbilly tour in Jeff City.
Plus it was a pleasure doing business with him whether on the phone or at Chickasha.
I miss Larry Becker too. His son Daryl was in business for a while but things must not have worked out. I bought some parts from John also.
I miss John also, very helpful. He had all kinds of stuff, had a chance to visit at his home several years back with my son and got a tour of all his barns of stuff, amazing doesn't really say it. Heard from other sources that there would be an auction but it hasn't happened yet as I know, unless someone made an offer for all his stuff his wife couldn't refuse. Prior to his passing he had been having trouble with teenage burgers taking stuff for iron salvage. The perps finally got caught but all that was stolen was melted down. I hope some of his family friends will post an update.
At our first tour in Keystone, SD, John was there with advice, an encouraging word, and parts for this newbee. I purchased several more things from him at subsequent tours and at the centennial. He and Karen were always gracious guests and friends. He is missed greatly.
John and I talked alot on the phone did little business each way.
Was great guy but we never met face to face
John's place was about an hour west of me. I would stop there on my way to Columbia Mo and see him. He was always a good host. He wanted me to drive for him when he went to Chickasha. I never did that. I did buy a load of hay from him and if I had someone along with me we would get another tour of the farm.
John's dad and grandfather were manufacturers and I think his brother carried that on and made the Danuser post hole augers that are seen at farms around the country.
I hadn't seen John the last few years at Chickasha and wondered about him. The last time I did see him he talked about getting arrested driving his own very over weight truck and trailer across state lines for profit without a commercial drivers license. He always had a converted riding mower with a big box on the front to haul parts around the meet. He always had good stuff,whether it was Model T or otherwise. Sorry to hear he's not with us anymore.
My first memories of John and Karen Danuser are when they and a group of members from the Kingdom of Callaway chapter drove their Model T's from the Fulton, Missouri area to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the MTFCA national tour in 1987. I was twenty years old, and had just started to drive my 1922 huckster. It was my first national tour, and I had a wonderful time that hot, humid week. I think they were driving a 26-27 roadster.
In January of 1993 I met John again at the MTFCI national meeting held in Kansas City. The meeting was held at the Crown Plaza hotel, and the ballroom was full of Model T speedsters and speed equipment on display, most of it owned by Speedy Bill Smith. Jack Scott spoke at the banquet about his book "The Big Race", the story of the 1909 transcontinental race that his father Burt Scott won for Henry Ford. John and I also brought Model T speed-related items for display. John was after my Ruckstell shipping crate, but I still have it.
My father and I attended the 1999 Hillbilly tour hosted by the Kingdom of Callaway chapter, headquartered at William Woods college. Had a great time. One evening some of us went out to Sky-Go Farms to see John's collection. I remember he had a Fruehauf trailer from the Model T era. It was at the Fulton tour that I learned that John was affectionately known as "Baby Hewey".
Back home, I acquired a Danuser post hole auger. I contacted John to see if he could help me find an owner's manual, which he did.
I'm happy I had the opportunity to know John and so many of the other Model T greats, some who are gone, and some still with us.