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From: Alan Skeoch <email@example.com>Subject: Music has faded Auction Nov. 22, 2017Date: November 24, 2017 at 11:16:53 AM EST
Mary…This is what I am working on to send to our kids and grandkids…rough , unfinished…but you might like it. if you do not like it just press Delete.Iff I had help I wold have bid on the big cutting box in the barn…I am an historian and that machine is fantastic. But too hard for me to load anda bit too far for my sone to come with his truck. I hope you find a proper home for it. I did an MA thesis long ago on machine design in 19th century…yourswas part of the thesis (300 pages).Sorry about your husbands injury…farming is a tricky business…no need to list the injuries for there are many.the dolly? No way I could have known it was not part of the purchase, sorry about that. you will get it back.alanKate and Jim,I just assumed the dolly was part of the sale…under the organ…it will be returned somehow.
MUSIC HAS FADEDalan skeochnov. 22, 2017McCartney auction at Ayr“Alan, tell me why you went to that auction today…cold, November day like this…cold, cold, cold.”“Pushed on by a force greater than myself…power of change in our society…to be a ‘witness to history’ as has been said by persons farmore observant than myself.“But Let me try to answer…”“There are forces in out lives…events, people, places, songs…that get lodged in our brains and are so deeply imprinted that they cannot escape.Some woul call these memories. But to me they are greater than that…forces. They just cannot be repressed.Today this ancient pump organ forced up the memories of a farmhouse deep in water…January, february…long long ago inthe late 1940’s when Grandma and Grandpa were still alive living on their tiny hardscrabble farm on the fifth line of Erin Township, a farmlodged on the southern tip of Wellington County, Ontario.They had retreated into the small front room of the house…the only place where there was a big wood stove so hot to the touch that it could make a fine pile of toast on the bent wire toasting grill. Crammed into that room often, so often that those winter evenings all blend together into one evening…a forceful memory that just burst forthat the farm auction today…November 22,2017. Grandma cold play the pump organ as could my mom. Look at the worn foot treadles above…and then the ivory keysbelow.Who was in that room? First there was the big dog Laddie. He had a fine vice and loved to sing as soon as Grandma opened the organ andbegan pumping the treadles to get wind into the hidden reeds. Laddie howled. Now I realize he hated the organ. Wanted to protect us from its unholy moaning. Love and hate are sometimes confused as you probably know.Laddie was not the only animal in the room. There were mice lured from hiding to get their necks broken on the Victor snap trap guillotines. And below thefloor in the field stone foundation there were snakes hibernating. And perhaps bigger things being the plaster walls…raccoons for instance. All made alertby the moaning organ and the human voices…Grandpa, mom, Eric, myself and occasionally Dad if the harness horses were not running at Differin track.Grandad would get out his Stradivarius violin, the treasure of his life other than Grandma who he called Lou. And soon Grandad played the Devil’s Dream accompanied by Laddie howling.Not much room for us all. Big Victorian sideboard jammed with dishes and food, a day bed long the south wall tucked safely behind the wood stove whichdominated the room. Grandma treated the wood stove with caution for two reasons First, she had severe parkinson’s disease which meant her hands shook all the time. Lighting the stove with the paper tubes she made was done cautiously. The second reason was the memory of the log cabin they lost at Krugerdorf in Northern Ontario.They only had time to rescue a few valuable things. One of which was the pump organ, similar to the one above only less fancy. That organ stood beside the hall door, always ready for use. Then there was the kitchen table and assorted chairs and a small cupboard. All this in a room that was about 10’ x 15’. To say we were a close family would be an understatement.So when I bought this pump organ at the Gillespie farm sale in 2017, memories popped up.This story will be a bit unusual. Interspersed among the tools of agriculture…ancient and modern…will be the lyrics of songsthat came to mind..songs of the First World War and songs of the post war years between 1945 and 1949. In particular Roses of Picardy which grandmaplayed on her organ many times…and sang until her voice got shaky, All part of my childhood andthe reason these farm sales, sad though they be, are important to me.
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- She is watching by the poplars, Colinette with the sea-blue eyes,
- She is watching and longing and waiting Where the long white roadway lies.
- And a song stirs in the silence, As the wind in the boughs above,
- She listens and starts and trembles, ‘Tis the first little song of love:Refrain
- Roses are shining in Picardy, in the hush of the silver dew,
- Roses are flowering in Picardy, but there’s never a rose like you!
- And the roses will die with the summertime, and our roads may be far apart,
- But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy!
- ’tis the rose that I keep in my heart!You asked why I go. So now you have your answer. Complicated spider web is it not?All of the Gillespies family horses and cattle were gone. You know where. To a place few farmers want to mention. Instead they use the expression “They have been shipped.” Farmers , most of them , come to love their animals so the whole business of raising livestock has an unpleasant ending. One farmer I knew lived on peanut butter rather than beefsteak and bacon.The last living animal was their dog, an Alsatian with signs of hip displasia. He endlessly circled the crowd wondering no doubt ‘what the hell is going on?”The snap of my camera startled him but instead of attacking he dragged his back legs in a hasty retreat.
On-Site Farm Auction SaleFor John Gillespie & Mary O’Connor
(519) 501-1668(Jomar Cattle Feeders Inc.)Wednesday, November 22nd at 10:30 a.m.(Preview Tuesday 12 – 4 p.m. )Located at 869 Brant, Waterloo Rd, (Ayr). From Hwy 401 take Exit 268. Go West on Cedar Creek Rd. (Hwy 97) approx. 2 miles then South on Northumberland (Reg. Rd #58) for approx. 3 miles to Ayr, then South on Swan St. (Reg. Rd. #58) for 1 mile to Brant-Waterloo Rd. (Watch for signs).Consisting of Tractors – Tillage – Planting – Haying – Livestock Barn & Equipment – Conestoga WagonTractors: ‒ John Deere 4050 Cab & Air 4 x 4 – 20.8 x 38 rears – front fenders – IH 3288 Cab with 2350 Loader – IH 966 – Cab, Case 630 with hyd Loader (gas), 6’ Loader Stone PorkEquipment: – John Deere 1750 Maxemerge XP 6 x 30” planter with liquid, J.D. 7000 6 x 30 planter (dry), IH 4800 – 24’ Cultivator Vibra Shank with Walking Tandem, J.D. 24’ – 1010 cultivator, John Deere 235 – 24 hyd fold disc, A.C. 19’ 3300 wheel disc, IH – 720 s.m. 4 x18” plow, Kewanee 22’ hyd fold packer, Brillion 3 P.T.H. 6 row corn cultivator, Case IH 5100 soybean special 21 run drill with press wheels and markers (grain only), IH 6500 conser-till 9 shank 10’, Brady 5’ flail chopper, 2 row N.I. Picker sheller (314), 6-gravity boxes (3 with 963 J.D. Gear) and wagons, Fertilizer hopper tender & Auger, Precision Tandem 500 gal 60’ hyd boom sprayer, A.C. (Model 6-30) 6 row 30” corn headNew Holland: – 489 Haybine, bale elevator 30’ steel frame Tandem Round Bale wagon, 4 bar ground drive hay rake, IH 580 Tandem manurer spreader, J.D. 12’ wheel disc, 6” x 32’ transport Auger 6’ 3 P.T.H. B.N.E. flail mower, Flat deck wagonsCattle Barn & Access: – Approx 120’ x 60’ post & trust open sides to be dismantled, approx. 40-9’ x 4’ H.D. gates – Petitions 2” x 2” tubing, Approx 20 concrete J.Fedders with steel headrail, Approx 140 10’ x 4’ concrete slat flooring, Misc 1” tubular gates, Husky Manure pump & pipes, Butler (Oswalt) 2840 single axle feeder wagon, Farm Hand grinder & blower, new Digi-Starz EZ 2100 scale head.Good Selection of Rough cut pine lumber mostly 2” various widths & lengths, 3-30” logs up to 20’, misc hand hewn barn beams (varying sizes)Misc: Conestoga Covered Wagon, Honda TRX 200 4 wheeler, (as is), Watson’s Antique cutting box on steel, 44” x 48” Feedmill scale, old 3 wheel Watson bag cart, 12’ chain harrows, 8’ 3 P.T.H. blade, old 2 wheel 6’ pull type road grader, Acre meter, Barn Scales, 10’ tandem boat trailer, J.D. fast hitch, shair saw, roller chain, shop and related smalls, J.D. Lawnmower LX, digital electronic scale head, Perry grain blower– Antique Bell Pump organ & stool, old cupboards, Pine Boxes, misc. primative tools, Walking plow, 2 row turnip planter, misc. household items Many more miscellaneous farm related itemsTerms: Cash – Cheque ‒ Interac® ‒ VISA® day of saleLunch Booth on GroundsJim McCartney Auction Service Ltd.905-689-8778Waterdown