By Jan Shellhouse
On a Saturday morning the parking lot was full. Buggies were arriving; ladies were hanging on to the children; dad's were carrying things in to sell at the auction; many of the chairs were already occupied; there was a good supply of food. A table was loaded with homemade baked goods such as pies, cakes, and cookies. Some folks were eating breakfast while others were partaking of pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, and half of chicken. The salad bar was a hit as folks could make their own and there were desserts galore. All of this food was available for a donation.Other folks were occupied looking at the display of goods that were going to be sold. While others visited with folks they hadn't seen in awhile. There was a large display of items that were being sold by a silent auction. Those buyers had to check later in the day to see if they had won the bid. Auctioneer Charles Miller was getting ready to sell items such as tools, bird houses, planters, a bike trailer, twin stroller, etc outdoors under a tent. The weather was perfect for Ohio. A van driver had brought a load of folks from Chillicothe, and a Charter bus was on the periphery. Some local farmers drove their tractors pulling wagons. They either planned to purchase something large to be hauled or they were hauling several people back home. There was a wide variety of homemade and new items that everyone can find something to bid on. Little girls printed handmade dresses went for $30 each. A basket of cooking spices sold for $20. A child's wooden handmade rocker fetched $100. A toy trike sold for $80, an old Singer sewing machine turned into a J.D. tractor brought $45. The child's wooden bucking horse rocker made $125. A live rabbit in a cage $20. There were two baby lambs to sell also. Four yards of fabric in a basket went for $20. Toy tractors new in the box brought $45, a New Holland with loader $65, a New Holland skid steer on trax $50, the bird house planter $80, fresh chilled watermelons sold 2 at a time for $12.50 to $45, a pitcher & bowl set $32,50, and the autographed checker board saw $1500! There was a lot of interest in the furniture, an oak three sectional hinged folding mirror sold for $55. A child's oak table & 4 chairs was bid for $275. The deluxe office chair sold for $770; a large cedar chest $450; an oak roll top desk $2000; the Bernina sewing machine $1200; a rustic cherry 3 piece queen size bedroom suite $2200; the oak dark wood hutch with glass doors $1200; the one of a kind rustic log 3 piece queen size bedroom suite $1250; a swivel padded back & seat rocker $600 and a five shelf bookcase $250. The first of 23 quilts sold was made by a 14 year old teen and it sold for $925; the Lone Star queen in brown shades sold for $700; a black & tan Colorado Star $1,150; the one hand stitch Linking Hearts purple & plum $1,200; a very pretty Mariners compass in reds and golds, $900; a Postage Stamp Scrapoholic which had 4,320 pieces $500; Malinda's Heart purples $750; and a Double Irish Chain in black & pink $700. At noon a representative of the Middlefield Clinic spoke about the importance of an early diagnosis concerning if the new babies have a genetic disease. It has been discovered that there are over 100 rare genetic disorders. The clinic in Pennsylvania was founded over 25 years ago by Dr Morton who was also present. He thanked the community for working together to put on this sale. Dr. Morton said, "The first days of the clinic weren't so successful until an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal which helped to raise $500,000."