Monday, July 02, 2018

it doesn't look like much now, but I imagine it was a tractor repair garage 50 years ago. A lot of farms, and homesteads, in the area.

and my mind immediately loads and plays Springsteen's My Hometown

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
 Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back
 To your hometown
Your hometown

the tractor in the back caught my eye, not the business front, which is cool

A H Warnement Sales and Service.

Bernard “Bud” J. Warnement of Plainwell, MI passed away Monday, September 29, 2014

 Bud was born October 21, 1928 in Plainwell, MI, he was a 1946 graduate of Plainwell High School.

Following graduation he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On July 1, 1950 in Otsego, Bud was married to Vivian J. Paddock.

For many years Bud was the co-owner of A.H. Warnement Farm Equipment and Repair in Plainwell, selling new and used farm equipment and working as a tractor mechanic.

Bud served with the Plainwell Fire Department for several years and with Gun Plain Twp. Fire Department for over 65 years, serving as Chief and Assistant Chief.

That's the midwest, the WW2 generation. No you tube and facebook nonsense, they went to war, they came back, they worked as mechanics, and firefighters. They drove station wagons, went fishing, and made the fireworks happen every 4th of July.

They made America great.

1 comment:

  1. I've been hearing similar obits/recaps of men's lives since I was a little kid in the 40's. But I fear the way things have changed we won't be hearing them for long. People don't work in one place that long, stay in one place that long, keep the same spouse that long. You're right, they made America great.