Saturday, March 19, 2011

Farm Memories #2...Rex the Intelligent Collie...

Uncle Ray

Once again, I've enlisted some help from others who have memories of this farm...long before I ever came into the picture!

 Jim's Uncle Ray, who grew up on this farm, has lots of stories to tell of life on the farm, and has written a couple of them down for me.  This is the story of Rex, the Intelligent Collie...

"Our farm had a large Collie farm dog named Rex.  We taught him to ride on wagons and on the truck, which he enjoyed.  Our brother-in-law Ira bought a small motorcycle, and I thought we could teach Rex to ride on it with us!  He really enjoyed riding the motorcycle, and never fell off.  This picture shows him ready to go for another ride...

This is Jim's Dad Lloyd on the motorcycle with Rex, ready to go for another ride.  The picture was taken by Uncle Ray, when both he and Lloyd were still single and living at home.

We could go anywhere on the farm. 

One day, I decided to take him for a ride to Strasburg on the road.  As we were going south on Hartman Bridge Road, the people in the cars coming toward us could only see the dog, with his paws on the handle bars.  They couldn't see me sitting behind him, and they pulled over and stopped until we were past!"

What fun memories from long ago....they're even better when heard being told in person, and I'm so glad Uncle Ray found a picture of Rex on the motorcycle to go along with the story! 

Thanks, Uncle Ray for the trip down memory lane!

And by the way...for those of you who wondered what we named Lazarus' calf...her name is PATTY!    Some of you guessed Biblical names to go along with Lazarus, but we just couldn't resist...because she was born on St. Patty's day!  :)


  1. What a great story! I think it's wonderful that you are collecting these stories. Some day, your kids will really appreciate this!

  2. Oh my gosh, I love the story about Rex with his paws on the handle bars and the passing cars pulling over!! That is so funny! I love hearing old timey stories! The photograph is fantastic...what a nice looking motorcycle...and the young man on that motorcycle looks like he was pretty handsome. I like his hat!

  3. I love that story. I can just imagine the look of bewilderment on their faces to think a dog was driving the motorcycle!


  4. What a great story It is so nice that you have family with you to stir the pot of memories. I bet Rex was an amazing dog. I love the photo it makes me smile. I like the name Patty. B

  5. Brings back a lot of happy memories....thank-you!!


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