Hatteberg's People - Dean Holbert

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

On Hatteberg's People, if you just 'live' life, that can get a little boring. But if you really LIVE life like Dan Holbert of rural Concordia, Kansas, then everything around you holds a story and a tale. Dean Holbert holds on to things past.

"People are interested, so if they are interested -- that's the main thing."

That's Dean Holbert, he's headed to this little building that he built on his farm near Concordia. He built it because he collects stuff.

"Just never throw anything away, our folks didn't, our grandparents didn't, my wife's folks didn't, so we just have a collection of everything we've had. Nobody gets rid of anything."

He loves cars and one of his favorite things is this 1931 Ford Mail truck.

"We found 18 in the U.S., the Smithsonian has one if their collection of Post Office stuff."

"People bring us stuff when they see something, we have something you don't have, would you like to have that, oh yeah we'll take it, we'll take anything...then my wife kinda scowls."

Apparently the scowls continue because everywhere you look, Dean has created this little private museum, well-known in the Concordia area.

"This thing is to sharpen a sickle."

Then there is this gas powered saw.

"Instead of having an electric motor on it and a power cord, it's got a gas engine on it."

"This was a pan I was born in. It's a birthing pan."

And in a little room that looks like a kitchen, more history.

"That was my wife's first bought dress in '49. You see the other side of the family kept stuff too."

He insists that most things we use were invented years ago and some are even more convenient than what we have today.

"When your hands are full and you come to your refrigerator you just step on that little lever and...

Open the door. Pretty convenient!

"My wife says I'm strange. (laughs) I don't know?"

In the front that looks like an old gas station, he's got all kinds of things like a cigarette holder...and medicines that were purchased for their alcohol content.

"There are (were) testimonials about what it has done for you but it's 14 per cent alcohol. The government or somebody wasn't smart enough to catch the people selling that but the guy sold a lot of it."

Outside, the old dog waits patiently for Dean -- who is not only a collector of history...but a teacher as well.

"I just like old stuff...something different."


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