I Chose The 1938 Plymouth – My Life In Cars – Part 1

“Hello Berrrrta,” shouts Gerhard rolling his r’s. “Welcome to the north country.”

Excitedly Gerhard hugs his wife and cautiously uncovers the baby’s face. He pauses for a moment to look into his son’s wide awake eyes.

“Looks like he’s going to be a bright one, isn’t he? May I hold him for a moment?”

Bertha wears a tired smile on her round face as she hands the bundle over to Gerhard. Her mind is worrying about this wild north country Gerhard is so enthusiastic about.

“Come and see what I’ve got,” Gerhard says as he walks away with the bundle in one arm and Bertha’s small suitcase in the other. “I bought a new car.”

“You what? A new car?”

“Well it’s not actually a new car. It’s a 1926, only six years old but it’s in very good shape. It was owned by the doctor’s wife before and it’s still almost like new.”

Thereupon Gerhard opens the passenger door and urges Bertha to climb in.

“Not too easy to get into it. Now I’ll take the bundle,” says Bertha.

Gerhard calmly starts the Model T and the happy couple putters off.

“Do you know how to drive?” is Bertha’s question.

“Sure. It’s easy. I drove all the way up here from the garage without any trouble.”

“How far was that?”

“It’s about a quarter of a mile. It only took me five minutes. This car can really go.”

“I hope it can stop. I’m afraid, Gerhard. Please don’t go too fast.”

The Ford Model T (1908-1927) was voted “The Official World-Wide Car of the Twentieth Century” by an Honourary Committee of five experts in agreement with a Board of six Directors presiding over a Professional Jury of 133 members from all over the world. Model T Fords are still very popular as an enjoyable hobby car for old car enthusiasts. Some clubs cater to Model T cars alone.

Two photos of the 1926 Ford Model T

Two photos of the 1926 Ford Model T with Gerhard and Bertha, Edward and Winona. The Felsendorf School serves as background for the pictures.

Ed Janzen is the editor and publisher of CANADIAN STORIES, a literary folk magazine that publishes short stories and poems from Canadian writers of every province of Canada. Story Quilt is an electronic magazine similar in content. Ed has written four memoirs. He also writes for the old car hobby and has a column in OLD AUTOS - a biweekly newspaper featuring mostly Canadians events and automotive history.
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