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Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« on: November 29, 2002, 06:40:11 PM »
Fellow Forestry Forumites,

Noble's long awaited visit to central Illinois has finally
taken place. Noble showed up at my place at 10 AM
on Friday. He brought his lovely daughter Carrie (I hope
I spelled her name right) and Carrie's fiancee Michael who works for the forest service and spent some time fighting forest fires in California this season.  My in-laws were here
this week so we all spent some time visiting and Noble showed us a photo album of the history of logging and milling in the Barker family. Noble is a 4th or 5th generation logger/sawyer. We  then went down to Detweiler Park so Noble could re-carve his initials in the big redwood log that he originally carved back when he was a kid. We then drove up to Rick Schmalzried's house where Rick scanned some of Noble's photos and burned a CD for him. Noble gave Rick some advice on rebuilding the old Miner edger that Rick brought back from Missouri.  After we left Rick's we all went to Avanti's for lunch where Noble and I had lasagna and Carrie had fettucini alfredo. Rick had a vegetable gondola sandwich.
I can't remember what Michael and my father-in-law had.
Thank goodness we didn't have to eat Rick's peas for lunch.
So you can enjoy some of the photos in full resolution I have posted them on --Photos MUST be in the Forestry Forum gallery!!!!!-- at: --Photos MUST be in the Forestry Forum gallery!!!!!--.com/user/whitepe2

You will notice that Noble is proudly wearing his Forestry Forum hat.
I really enjoyed visiting with Noble and his family and I hope that all of you get to visit in person with him someday.
They are truly wonderful people.

Noble and I are trying to figure out a way that we can work out visits to British Columbia and New Zealand.
We will keep you posted. Look for some of Noble's scanned black and white photos
soon.

Later,
Whitepe
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2002, 09:00:42 PM »
Looks like Rick brought some Brand Name peas! AND he supplied 3 fine wooden spoons to boot! Now that is class!
8) 8) 8)  
My boss gave me brand 'X' peas and I had to carve my own spoon. :-[
Looks like y'all are going to do some serious carving. I see Noble moved up from a knife to a chainsaw! Of course maybe that's 'cause he doesn't see as good as he used to.
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2002, 12:44:16 PM »
Charlie,

We had to take knives and other sharp hand held
tools away from Noble. He might cut his finger or something
and then he wouldn't be able to type to make any posts
on the Forum.   :D
Man Noble was sure nervous when he was using that
009 to re-carve his initials on that big redwood log.
He kept mumbling something about I hope no cops show up.
If any did they would just be park district police and they
don't have any bullets in their guns. Besides, with Noble's
experience of scrambling up and down the hills in Ozark County MO he wouldn't have had any trouble running up
those hills in Detweiler park to get away from the cops.
Oh yes, I forgot to add.  It took Noble about 45 minutes
to carve his initials with that 009. I kept telling him that he
should start it but he said that it would make too much noise.

Whitepe

P.S.  Aren't any of you guys curious about GB beer?
One of Noble's stories yesterday he was telling about some
guys delivering logs or lumber or something and one guy
had way to much to drink and the other guys boomed him
to the wagon/trailer and when they got back he had sobered up. I can't remember whether or not it was one of his kin.

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2002, 01:32:30 PM »
What a good time we had!  I felt like I had always know Rick and Perry as soon as I met them.  

I just got home and got to go milk and then to a singing, but I wanted to check and see what kind of lies Perry was telling----some of it's the truth.

Perry,  thanks for the Cat cap with racing stripes.  I finally got it back from Michael while he was sleeping.

Rick thanks for doing the pictures.  That old International semi is the one that Uncle Amos and Ray Berry boomed Rufus Tetrick down on.  Twenty five miles over rough unpaved roads boomed on the bed of a solid-tire truck would sober up the best of men.  I doubt Rufus was the only one drunk and unmanagable as Uncle Amos reported.  I'll put the pictures on the 'out of retirement' thread.

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2002, 03:30:15 PM »
Kinda makes me wonder and worry what kind a trouble we'd get in if the whole lot of us got together one day. :)

You guys didnt really take that saw to that log didja? And whitepe if you did did you leave out the middle initial or did you sign it PEW? ;)
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2002, 07:48:24 PM »
Sound like a fun time,I hope you make it out to BC 8)
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2002, 02:15:44 PM »
Jeff,

You really don't think we would be dumb enough to do something destructive that could be traced back to us do you?

Right Whitepe?

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2002, 02:49:13 PM »
I'm not sure if I like where this may be going. ::)
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2002, 05:53:11 AM »
Great pictures guys.  I agree with Tom about the Forum members getting together somewhere.  I think it would be one hell of a time.

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2002, 07:18:23 PM »
Jeff,
Better keep an eye on your backside.

By the way when I use the initials PEW I do it
with distinction.
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2002, 07:20:57 PM »
Jeff,
Man I can hear Noble's neurons firing clear up here in
Central Illinois. Are you nervous yet Jeff?
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2002, 03:43:33 AM »
My Wife's moms maiden name was Depew. Tammys grampa Depew was one of the greatest men I ever knew. I never had a grampa and when Tammy and I met when we were 16, He took to me like I was his own. He became my grampa. He is gone now, but one of my favorite stories is of him asking me to go golfing. after 27 holes I said I was dog tired and ready to quit. He said, if I rent a cart will you play 9 more? He was 85 and I was in my early 20s. :)
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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2002, 08:04:18 PM »
Jeff,

There is a little town in far NW Iowa named Depew.

A Cathlic church, feed store, and 7 houses.

It's been 20 years since I've been there, but I bet the church is still there. The houses were from the late 1800's and very early 1900's. The houses were getting pretty rough then.

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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2002, 08:33:41 PM »
Al,

I think Whitepe went to a college in Indiana called Depew.  I went to a college called Silotech at Ames Iowa.  The weather there really stunk.

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2002, 06:35:51 AM »
Noble,
I went to PU not DEPEW.  Can't you keep anything straight?
Just think of it as PEW went to PU.
I guess I'm gonna have to travel down to southern MO. and
straighten out the facts.  Speaking of weather, I hear
that you guys got some snow down there.
Whitepe

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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2002, 07:09:08 AM »
Calm down Perry,  I was just a funnin.  I know all about those Indiana schools-----My brother-in-law went to Dpa and my nephew to Purdoo.

The weather here is imitating Iowa except without the awful wind.  Milking this morning was miserable.  There was no vacuum (a drain valve in the vacuum tank was frozen open),  the feed auger on one side of the barn wouldn't start, and the doors were frozen shut so the cows couldn't get in.  Had to carry feed in and feed by hand.  The feed the cows eat and love outside was refused inside.  The stupid cows just stomped and butted the feeders.  They were also a little sensitive about being milked.  When my son got in from putting the cows in the holding pen,  I told him not to even mention sawing in this single digit temperature.  He didn't argue so I began dreaming of setting by the fire after milking was done.  When I got to the house, my wife says if I wasn't going to do anything maybe I could bring in some more wood.  She says the weather is supposed to turn bad Sun or Monday.  Now that Harold is on the map,  maybe I'll run away from home and see if he'll hire me.  His pictures make logging look fun except for those big lizards.

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Re: Noble's visit to Central Illinois
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2002, 03:06:52 PM »
 :( nothing worse than weather your not set up to deal with!!   I rember milking during one BIG snow and ice storm in Arizona.   It was -20 to 0 for days on end (unreal for northern Arizona) and we made a heater for the milk barn from a weedburner and some stovepipe.   Most of the glass in the barn windows was broken out and and could not get to town to even get some ducktape, we like to froze milking cows!   The water froze up all the time so we had welders clamped to the pipes all the time in diferant spots to thaw it out then move it down keeping a rosebud on what you just did.  Had to brake ice off some of ther teets to put the cups on and NO WAY was I about to put my hand in the water the wash there bag so the setement count was out of sight.   Your hands would get so cold thay dont work and the best shot we had at geting worm was to squize between 2 cows in the barn!   It was ALL we could do just to keep the cows milked and fed.   I feel for you Noble!   When you are not equiped for it bad weather (cold or hot) it can be very ruff to take on a dairy!   Hang in ther It onley lasts for a bit and you should be about ther, you will make it!
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2002, 06:03:00 PM »
Noble,

Ames huh.

ISU is a respectable college.

I went to Vecia (spelling) once, what a bunch of drunks!!!!!!!

I must agree on the weather being somewhat unpleasant at times.
We had neighbors that milked and I went to highschool with the sons. Several times a year they would call needing help quick. I normally would handle the ferrowing house while they delt with the dairy problems. We ferrowed to finish, so that's what I could step in and do.
One time I was caught up on my end , so I slipped up to the parlor to see what was going on. The cows "undercarriage" was covered in mud that had froze. Wow, Beef with an Attitude.
Spring snow storm while the frost was going out. You get the picture.

My hat is off to all the Dairy men and Women.


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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2002, 06:57:28 PM »
Al and Andy,

Thanks for the sympathy,  that's what I was looking for.  Us dairymen are really a bunch of whiners.  It really wasn't that bad and we have been through it enough that we knew how to handle things.  When it gets really cold and the power goes off is when it gets interesting.

Al, at the time I attended Iowa State it was the most beautiful campus I had seen.  Was back a few years ago and new buildings had displaced a lot of the beautiful landscaping.  It was disapointing.  

We used to have hogs too,  mostly feeder pigs, but we used to raise a little corn and feed some too.  I only know of one guy who has hogs now within 50 miles.  Used to be 6 feeder pig auction barns within the same area.  Times change.

You're right about Veshia but they had some good floats in their parade.  I was just a spectator, not a participator.

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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2002, 08:02:55 PM »
Noble,

This summer we sawed up a Walnut log for the ISU.

The tree was in the way of a building expansion.

We are 100 miles straight east of Ames along hwy 30, and we were the closest sawmill that was willing to saw and kiln dry the lumber for them.

The hardest part was we had to tell ISU the exact price to saw, stick, air dry, and kiln dry an unseen log that had laid on concrete for a year.
All they knew was the length and the size of the butt flare.

Apparently those "engineers" scale logs at the big end to maximize volume.

So, we kinda guessed on the volume, figured the price, added $50 for possible nails, and told them $350 complete.

A week later some tree service dude pulls in from Ames with one Walnut log. This guy had charged ISU $1000 to haul one log 100 miles! :o

That just floored me..... >:(

ISU got burnt bad on this grand plan. They had around $4.50 per BDFT in lumber worth $2 on the average, and they still had to pay a cabinet shop to build book shelves.

A guy kinda wonders how smart those administrators really are.  



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