The Old Tractor
As told by Merle Ritter, La Place was purchased in the late 1970s for $1500, it was a fishing camp and contained only a small building that was later torn down. The property contains approximately 2 acres. George Strubbe, Merle Ritter, and others brought in over 100 truck loads of solid fill to give it a foundation. Not long after, around 1983, George and Merle built the shelter that stands today. The shed was built to house the “Big” tractor used to mow the property for years. I’ve heard pieces of stories about these old tractors. One even had a bushog. Does anyone know what happened to that tractor? Did anyone check the creek?
Many post office workers spent evenings and weekends after work “inspecting the grounds.” In those days there was an outhouse located at the northwest corner of the property. On one of those occasions a group arrived early Sunday morning preparing for a picnic to find several high schoolers gathered around a brown Ford Bronco that was in the creek. During the night, someone was driving the Bronco and thought they could navigate across Brandywine Creek. For the next few hours, those high schoolers entertained the group in trying to remove the Bronco from the creek. Since it is not there today, I assume they were successful. Have more to add to this story? Contact me at: Dennis
Another story begins with Merle Ritter and Ray Crickmore sitting on a couple of porch swings that were placed on the property. The end of the swing set broke off and both men found themselves sprawled out on the ground. With that Merle gave me a chuckle and smiled as those memories came back to him. Have more to add to this story? Contact me at: Dennis
Mowing the Grass
There was more than one vehicle that ended up in the creek! At one point, Chuck Vaughn was the only person who could start that big John Deere that once trimmed the grass around La Place. Something tells me that no one else wanted to mow the grass. What better way than to say they could not start the tractor?
Anyone still have one of those “We Survived” t-shirts? Knowing that La Place is in a flood zone, it’s interesting that a group got stuck in La Place when a tree fell across the entrance and no one could leave or wanted to leave, it depends on who you talk to. For someone to take the time to design a shirt there has to be a story or two there. Anyone know the year that this took place
The story as I heard it goes: Some people, at this time don’t know how many, decided to spend some quality time at La Place in their RV. They drove out to the property through the gate and positioned the RV inside. Once parked they were enjoying socializing and catching up on things. Time must have got away from them because as things go sooner or later you need to use the facilities. I’m not sure who stepped outside but he was greeted with water about 12 inches deep.