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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IETHMIOOE HMAIO TwtMy, July Farm auctions are a part of western living that's both frenzied and friendly HI-LAND FARM SUPPLY LTD. SUMMER SPECIALS MF 35 DfoMl 3 nt. Mtth Coduhutt 1850 cob MH 55 Gas with lento cmd ntty TOfiK MF M 14 ft. S.F. cwariiw 2 MF 10 Swather NEW MASSEY FERGUSON NO. 12 BAlEft. SPECIAL fINCHER CREEK PHONE 627-3710 By MC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer LOMOND "Ladies and Gentlemen. Let's start the sate." With that simple statement Joe Perlich and bis crew from Perlich Bros. Auction Market started a frenzied far hours of auction selling which made successful fann- er Harold (Shorty) Koch a retired city resident. Coming off an injury winch took the toss of sight in one eye, Shorty found he couldn't capably handle the work on bis two-section farm south- east of this farming commu- nity 60 miles north of Leth- bridge. So be turned to the auc- tioneers to disperse the farm equipment, supplies ami odds and ends he could no longer use. Why did be use fiie auction method to complete his farm safe? "Weil I'd never even been to a sale before but auctions are the way farm sales are said Shorty. "Rut about sums up the farm auction sale, ft is a way of fife in Western Can- And the majority of the farm people who gather at the countless farm sales throughout the west every spring exercise their purchas- ing power with great vigor. But they also got extras for their money. They turn- ed it into a business-social event, a time to say goodbye to Shorty and bis wife and a time to pick up the news from neighbors and to change ideas about the price of grain and cattle and the moisture situation. The scene at the Koch farm was similar to that at count- less other farm auction sates pieces of farm equip- ment lined up in stately rows, smaller pieces of equipment next in fine and then odds and ends and, if for sate, house- hold goods. Using a truck with a public address system mounted on the back, the stood front row centre with the eager buyers swarming around the scene. Two or three members of the auction crew constantly gather a few items to wave in the air while the' auction- eer rattles on in the familiar rotting voice. "Sold" was com- mon. Two or three ladies from the Lomond Community dub take time out from their food booth to peddle soft drinks in the flftHiegree temperatures. Riding up to the sate, dork Ed Torscber of Bow Island said die auction provides the aeQer with instant cash. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD, 1605 3rd Ave. South LeHibridge, Alberta Phones 328-8181 328-8182 COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE MACHINE SHOP TO HANDLE ALL ENGINE WORK AND ENGINE PARTS CYLINDER HEAD AND BRAKE DRUM SERVICE WHILE YOU WAIT. HAIL-ARE YOU COVERED? An incomplete haM program leaky brella, will not protect yow when row need It the Don't out out of your program joM lo few It could coft you