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Wilf Miller has another tale to tell

Well known Keremeos resident Wilf Miller tells a story about his first encounter with an automobile


Well, sir, I’ve gone and done it. Nancy says we should buy one of them automobilious wagons everyone is getting.

Well, sir, when they delivered it home at the farm I got out the book of rules and the more I read the less I knew about the innards of that machine. Then Jim Lawson came over and he says, “You’re supposed to turn that crank in front to make it go.”

Well, I turned that darn old crank until my eyes bugged out and it wouldn’t go. So I set down in the yard to think it over and Nancy says the language I was using was just shameful. Then Jim Lawson came over and he says, “I should put this thing in somewhere.”

We found where it went and I turned the crank and that machine began to race and snort.

It ran over Hank Weevers dog, tore a hole through Clyde Willises’ picket fence and then started off down through the pasture and killed four sheep and a calf, and then ran into a hay stack and blowed up.

Well, sir, all I got out of that joy ride was a broken leg, some rubber tires, six lawsuits and a mortgage on the farm.


Nancy says if we ever own another one we’ll get a real chauffeur to run it. I ain’t saying much but I’ve got lingering suspicions that all my joy riding will be done in an old buckboard.



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