By Tom Hintgen
Special Correspondent, Guest Columnist
Budd Andrews of Pelican Rapids, who turned 100 on Dec. 22, over the years had a long list of hobbies that won him the admiration of relatives and friends.
I first became acquainted with Budd in the 1970s when he and his wife, Marguerite, were active volunteers with the Otter Tail County Historical Society. At that time my wife Sharon was executive director of the historical society.
Among his hobbies that I especially remember were renovations of a 1920s house car (camper), creating marionettes (puppets), maple syrup collection and preparation, making and sharing his great-tasting sumac juice, carving wooden frogs, collecting agates, leading nature hikes and collecting edible plants.
Budd, who served as a bombardier with the Army Air Corps during World War II, was part of what many Americans refer to as “the greatest generation.” He authored a book, “Budd’s War, No Hero, Just Doing My Job.”
During his working years Budd was the adult agricultural instructor in Pelican Rapids.
His daughter, Kate Andrews, remembers students of Budd becoming familiar with Budd’s house car, a camper of sorts, in the school shop. That’s where Budd restored the house car in his off hours.
Thirty years ago, on Labor Day weekend 1990, Budd graciously allowed our nine-year-old son Paul the opportunity to ride in his house car during one of the parades near Rollag, site of the annual steam threshers reunion.
The house car now resides at the Dalton stream thresher grounds.
One year Budd, at my request, entertained our son Paul and fellow Cub Scouts after school at his house in Pelican Rapids.
The kids were intrigued with Budd’s marionette puppets, his wooden frogs, agates and, best of all, Budd’s warm personality. They also appreciated cookies and milk provided by Marguerite.
Budd as a centenarian is loved by all in and near Pelican Rapids.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Jan. 3 edition of the Journal, Fergus Falls.
The writer, Tom Hintgen, has a long career in newspapers and media, including the Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids newspapers.
He is also a special correspondent for newspapers throughout Otter Tail County.