Mott’s the Spot

Right now we’re standing in one of the largest peddle tractor collections in the United States. About two hundred fifty peddle tractors and about twenty five farm implements that were hand built by a local farmer that he has loaned to the museum to put on display. Harvest is a big thing in Mott, you know, the farmers, the local crops we have. We get a lot of crews in town and then they see these tractors and they all want to see them because as kids when they grew up they had them and basically they threw them away. But Frank Miller, who owns this collection, has restored a lot of these tractors and it brings back a lot of memories for these farmers. They come in here and visit for hours. I’m in favor of the buyout because it takes a burden off the residence down there every spring… whether they got to worry about whether it’s going to flood or not. It takes a burden off the city too because we go down and move them out. And then we got to move them back in. It’s stressful onto people because most of them down there are elderly people. When I first got here it was in nineteen forty three. I lived in a house over here with my grandmother at the time. And when we got flooded out in forty three, we were brought over to this house and taken out in a boat, taken up here and put in a wagon that was pulled by horses. Took us up to East Mott and we stayed in houses up there. Well in fifty, we got flooded out again. And then they moved us up into the old court house which was up on the end of Main Street. I say you get damn tired of it after being flooded three years, three different times. It’s costly, lot of work. And we do a meeting with the people and see how many are interested with residents, see how many are interested in the buyout. Then we sit down with every resident and go through the paperwork. And have them sign. And get the original so they’re interested. They don’t have to take it. The land from the ninety seven, we turned into a campground, which is a very busy part of our city during summer. And the funds from the campground are used to support our park district which they use the funds for their baseball program, their softball program and their swimming pool. During harvest stuff, our campground gets full where we turn people away. We have to send them to neighboring towns because we have no room for them. We used to swim right back here and it used to be the good best fishing hole in the world, right back down below this bank here. Yeah, there’s a lot of things you’re going to miss when you leave, you know. There’s no doubt about it after all the years you’ve been back and forth. Like I said, I’ve been here since forty three, sixty seven years. Yeah, but I’m getting too old now to maintain another flood. I went through one last year. We’ve had several meetings with them and I had one elderly lady that she’s always nervous because she’d not ready to leave yet. She’s eighty years. But she also had a basement full of water too. And it’s her home. And it’s hard to leave home. And I understand that. It’s hard for them to leave home for them. And we try to accommodate them in every way we can accommodate them. If we take the buyout, we can still cover over here and plant a garden, as long as we maintain it and keep the weeds down and all that. And you still have the right of way to get into the waters and go fishing or boating. Or whatever you want to do, you know. Mott is coming back. Mott is coming back. It’s a nice town for retiring. I mean we have all your basic services you need here and it’s a nice place to live. Mott’s the spot.  

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