At his Trading Post, Dave will sell you anything. If it isn't there, he'll get it for you. He's truly "Mr. Duvall."
Photo by Oscar Roloff.
by Oscar Roloff
Dave Harder is happy again to be back downtown on Main Street operating a new enterprise, one of many he's conjured up.
"When I quit as Fire Chief, I returned homeward and soon developed my 'Have Mules, Will Travel' business, and locally and afar it blossomed out. In this area, I have people come out for entertainment and parties," he explained.
With his mules, Dave travels to Remlinger Farms and elsewhere to entertain kids and adults. Microsoft uses his services.
Now operating his Trading Post downtown in a former lumberyard site, Dave is back in the limelight with sections rented to antique sellers. While they travel afar gathering antique items, Dave sells the collectibles for the dealers. His wife Diane aids him in his many gung-ho ventures.
Here the likeable chap greets all, offers soda and coffee, and lets them browse at will.
Dave's Trolley Trip Tour
Recently, my wife Elaine and I were invited to join 23 others on a sightseeing trip along the West Snoqualmie River Road. We embarked aboard a two-horse-drawn trolley built by Leo Kuntz. It was a slow, meandering 15-mile trip through farmland scenes.
While we gawked at cows, barns, and homes, Trolley Master Wayne Buckner of Remlinger Farms carefully guided the two Belgian horses. Only met four cars.
Speed limit is 25 mph and lower at curves. When the 30 or 35 mph sign is up, Dave has Wayne bring via truck three horses which are tied abreast.
Dave told us many interesting episodes about where he grew up, and Wayne then took over and added his comments. All fascinating.
For me it was like old home week. Cows meandering in fields, tractors at work, and farmers waving.
A will o' the wisp-type character, Dave is at his best when offering his services to others. His wife Diane is always at his side. He's just a smalltown fellow who lives life as it should be lived, friendly and outgoing.
Golly, you should see his mini-farm at his home above town a bit. A real sight with a church, windmill, a graveyard, and a barn where one can eat hot dogs and s'mores. Remember them as a kid? They have many a party there for kids where even adults can become kids again. My wife, a Minnesota farm girl, enjoyed it, too.
Upon the return of the group to the Trading Post, Diane had dessert and coffee waiting for us.