Far Guy’s parents sold the two digger trailers with 28 machines to Marty Frey in 1977.
They retired. We had a get together for them out at Vacationaire. It was a surprise.
Marvin, Evelyn, Marie and Ernest (Evelyn’s sister and brother in law.)
Uncle Jimmy decorated one of the old digger cabs with silver dollars and a sign.
Evelyn’s brother Uncle Willard at the end of the table.
Far Guy’s parents enjoyed their retirement. We took many summer vacations with them to Canada and to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. They took a Canadian Railroad trip with Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Esther. They went to Alaska. Marvin loved to plan trips and look at his collection of maps, he fished and spoiled his granddaughters. Evelyn sewed, cooked and took care of her aging Mother. Eventually they sold their motorhome and bought a smaller one that just sat in the yard. Marvin loved to travel…Evelyn not so much.
The diggers that Marty bought were used for a few years ( he raised the price to a quarter) then he sold them off one by one. One of Marty’s daughters (Jackie I think) married into the Buxton family in Austin Minnesota. One digger cabinet was donated and is on exhibit in Owatonna Minnesota in their small museum on the fairgrounds.
We were able to purchase one digger from the Buxton family for $600.
Far Guy worked many hours to restore it to its former glory.
A few winters ago photos were collected and the digger stories and history were gathered together. Far Guy made two scrapbooks, one to accompany each digger we have, so the history will never be lost. Eventually both of our girls will have a digger as a reminder that a long time ago their relatives made their living one dime at a time.
Far Guy says that he is sad to see this Wednesday feature about carnival life, the Erie Diggers and his family come to an end. He has itchy feet…sawdust in his blood…and loves to walk a midway and let all the old memories, sights and smells flood back….I think it makes him feel young again.