MAY 19, 1997

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Dave Harder is pulling out of 'Have Mules, Will Travel' farm

Dave Harder

While taking his morning's rest in his hearse, Dave's wife Diane comes out to give him a copy of the Valley View to see if Oscar's article on Dave's upcoming auction is therein.
Photo by Oscar Roloff.

Oscar Roloff by Oscar Roloff
What may be the greatest auction ever will occur at the "Have Mules Will Travel" farm at Dave Harder's huge complex outside of Duvall. The date is 22 June 1997. Browsers are free to come on June 19, 20, and 21 and make lists of their desires.
   Though Dave loves his homespun trade, it's time to mosey on, and his trade is increasing so fast, it's hard to handle. Last Wednesday, his wife Diane said they've already had calls from 8 more parties.
   "I love my small Shetland ponies, my mules, and other animals. They are a part of my life. This includes our house which is adjacent to our outer barns and other housings. But the time is now," Dave pointed out, adding, "I've already retired three times."
   Something?
   I sensed a sadness in reference to the drastic change in lifestyle, mainly losing their lovely home and possibly leaving Duvall for good and settling elsewhere. When Dave, a long time friend of mine, explained, I understood.
   Eastman Auction of Snohomish will handle all the sales. Two years ago, he sent a long truck to my house and drove off with all my farm collection. Dave, who was at the auction, bought many of my farm items. They'll be sold again but NOT to me.
   Literally, Dave has thousands of farm items to sell. Many are duplicates. The 2-man church will go with explanation, his one-man cemetery, his windmill, wagons, tractors. You name it, he has it.
   Over the past four years, his "Have Mules Will Travel" has traveled many miles and pleased young and old alike. That's when Dave was the happiest, pleasing others.
   Annually, their daughter Judy and others put on Christmas events, such as The Innkeeper's Dream. These were held at The Barn where Dave held his local parties in the old yet pleasant barn. He's keeping his fabulous Fire Fighter's Museum. They are already boxed up.
   I kind of feel that when Dave leaves, he just may keep a pair of Shetland ponies and take them to where he goes.
   Dave's old hearse will be held back to the last item. When the new buyer shoves off with it, Dave will be inside to find out where the buyer lives. He'll let me know the address. There are a number of zany ways to use the hearse as a money raiser. One could rent it out to others, have photos taken, etc. I'll then be able to write more articles about it.
   "But being in the hearse will let my friends know that I'm leaving town for good," Dave said.
   "Come on the three early days and pick farm items you'd like," Dave suggests to the public. "Then come on the 22nd and put in your bid."