Skip to comments.Book Review: “Oh What Have I Done” 266 pages, Amazon
Posted on 07/28/2017 12:21:04 PM PDT by marktwain
Roy Eykamp is 99 years old. He made his first gun when he was seven years old. It was a crude pistol made from a barrel he salvaged from the trash, fired with a hand held hammer, and later, strong rubber bands cut from inner-tubes and a breechblock.
He used it to start his lifelong talent for making money. He shot gophers with it, using .22 shorts.
The government paid a 5 cent bounty for each gopher. He made enough money shooting gophers, that when his mother confiscated his homemade gun, he was able to buy a factory one with the proceeds, a Winchester single shot.
It was likely a model 67, and cost $5. With the Winchester, he was able to shoot jack rabbits, which had a bounty of 9 cents.
A picture of Roy when he was 16 shows him with upgraded armament. He is holding what appears to be a Springfield 86, a good bolt action .22 with tubular magazine. I carried the sister rifle, model 84-C, with the detachable 5 shot magazine, for most of my youth.
Oh What Have I Done is the remarkable story of a life of invention, adventure, and achievement. Roy Eykamp lived through the transformation of farming from horsepower to the giant agricultural machines of today. He was born in 1918, and is clear headed today.
His story is one that could be inspirational reading for every high school student. He shows how an innovative thinker and hard worker raised himself and his family by his bootstraps. In the process, he improved agriculture world wide. One of his patents became accepted practice, and is widely used today.
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marked for later reading
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
I like his dog. It looks like a spaniel.
Oh Damn! What Have I Done?”
Sounds like a bruce jenner book title
Clearly it was not a crime back then.
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