The truck was purchased at Obermeyers Chevrolet in Herington, Kansas in 1938 by Carsey Otto Veerhusen (1889-1967) , David Goodman's great grandfather. Little did he know at the time what this truck would grow to mean to his future relatives.
The truck was bought to help on the family farm, where wheat, corn, and milo were grown and livestock was raised. After Carsey passed the truck and farm was left to his son Lawrence Carsey Veerhusen. Lawerence followed in his father's foot steps and grew to be a lifelong farmer. Lawerence and his wife Meta used the truck to operate the farm and for transportation to get supplies from town. Often Lawerence used the truck to tote his two daughters Betty and Donna to the elevator in Council Grove, Kansas. While there they would pick up flour for their mother to bake bread, cookies and items for their meals.
Donna was always fascinated by this vehicle growing up. She recalls there was a lever beside the gear shift, that was on the floor. To shift gears you had to hold the lever to complete shifting" explained Donna.
Lawerence and his son Larry would work on the truck together to keep it running and in good condition. Larry continues to own and run the family farm today.
As the years went by, the truck wasn't driven on the highways, but only used for grain storage on the farm. " I remember playing on and in this truck as a child. My grandmother and I used feed from the bed of the truck to feed the livestock" says David.
"My grandparents were very special to me and my fondest memories of a child are on the farm with them." David explains when asked about his reasons for wanting to restore the vehicle. "Being on the farm taught me many of core values in life and this truck and is one of the few things that remains from my great grandfather."
Once they decided to restore the truck it loaded from the same garage where it was parked since 1985. It was put on a trailer and delivered to Murpho's. We chose Murpho's because "We felt that they would treat it as their own. They have a great passion for what they do and would do whatever it took to bring the truck back to life."
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