Saturday, April 17, 2010

Francis "Frannie" Grim, Chatham Township collector of "stuff"

Frannie Grim hauled antique tractors, small engines and farm tools dating back to 1880 to fairs, festivals and shows to share a piece of history with a younger generation.

“As long as I can remember, he was at the fair every year, every day, in the Antique Power and Equipment section,” said Medina County Fair Board member Steve Arter.

He also exhibited what he called his “stuff” at the Medina County Antique Power Association, LaGrange Engine Club and tractor shows as far away as Ashtabula. He especially enjoyed showing youngsters old-fashioned gizmos that were used to plow fields, cut corn stalks and make sausage.

So begins story of "The Dash Between" June 6, 1936, when Francis Ira Grim was born in Lafayette Township, Ohio, and Jan. 8, 2010, when the Chatham Township, Ohio, farmer, outdoorsman and pickle maker died of complications from kidney cancer at age 73.

On the right is a photo that was taken on Aug. 2, 1957, when Karen Wolfe married Francis Grim at Spencer Methodist Church.

The complete "Dash" was published in the print version of the Medina County Gazette on Jan. 25, 2010.

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