Nancy Klein sent me a lot of stuff, and this picture threw me for a loop, mainly because she was going the wrong direction. It was taken, she says, in the winter of 1965 from the house of Ethel and Fred Klein, looking north on Main Street.

Instead, it’s looking south. Thanks to Steve Snider, the mystery is solved.

Steve writes:

On the right the first house you see is Ralph Wilkerson's; directly across the street is where "Pants" lived. The tracks in the foreground you see is the street that ran west to east just south of Granddad's shop. The church is on the left the first structure south of where "Pants" lived. This picture was taken looking south from in front of Granddad's old friend, whose name escapes me, but was something like Benny. His house was just south of Fred and Ethel Klein. They lived directly across the street from Granddad and Grandmother. Granddad's Quonset shop was directly to your left.

Note from me: “Benny” is Ben Kingery, according to Tressa Glaub.

I also don’t remember “Pants,” so if anyone can help, write me.

And as time has escaped, we actually lived in the house on the left! Around 1956. I think Wright Buckley owned it.

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Herschel Klein, aboard his big-wheel bike that he rode for the 1958 Brookville Sesqui. Click to enlarge.

Klein’s Auto at his home in Fairfield. Herschel sold me my first car, a 1956 BelAir that was, well … a car. Click to enlarge.



Beards were “required” in 1958 for all men who could grow them. The men of Fairfield showed their styles for the Sesqui.

From left:

Ralph Watterson, Herschel Klein, Charles Shepler, Kenneth Davis, A.J. Banning Jr. (Little Richard Davis was exempt.)

Men who didn’t have a beard were subject to “arrest” in Brookville by a Kangaroo Court. Justice was swift, merciless and final.