My grandfather, born in 1878, was well grounded in the science and
technology of horses, mules and covered wagons. More adaptable
to the rushing changes of time than his grandson, Granddad
took to the automobile with enthusiastic abandon.
He hadn't been driving those new-fangled automobiles
very long when he had business in Garnett, Kansas, at
the Anderson County court house.
Upon arriving at the town square, Granddad Christenberry
had every intention of stopping at the curb. He really did!
Maybe no one ever hoped so fervently that a car would stop
at a curb as did Granddad. He just-- for the moment, couldn't
remember how to make it happen!.
The Model T jumped the curb with the joie de vivre which had endeared
it to almost everyone. It bumped and careened across the court house lawn
—to a growing chorus of hoots and laughter from the old men who
seemed to almost live on the court house benches. Granddad, perhaps wishing for the good old days, hung on and shouted,
To the right, interesting architectural details
on business located on the town square.
|To the left, a pot of dusty miller
profusion at a downtown business.
All photos © 2000 by Carol Yoho
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