|Kansas banker responds with photos and comments|
Bill Wyckoff, president, Labette Bank, Altamont, Kan., shares his story and photos
March 31, 2011
The snow was almost too deep for my truck this year so we had to use a back-up plan. This year several of the ladies, who live out on farms, chose to ride in the heated cabs of monster tractors driven by their husbands to work rather than riding on the back of my 1945 Labette Bank John Deere D “snow taxi.” Go figure.
You might ask what the women think of me getting them to work in bad weather conditions. As you can see in the photo, all seem to be happy about it.
In the spring we get heavy rains which can play havoc with our country roads. I use an American original off-road vehicle for those days, a 1926 Ford Model T. It will go anywhere in any weather.
We are also patriotic here in Kansas and fly the flag in all conditions.
I restored several old tractors to be ready for work in the "taxi" fleet and a couple of these are the 1935 Model B and the 1944/1947 John Deere Double A.
I hope this helps the folks back East [he was writing to a New York-based editor] to understand that while we don’t have any mass transit or even a transit system at all, we have been able to organize a taxi system for bank employees that is free and always ready to do the job. All aboard!
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