Winkel but he did. J.Winkel and I fought every school day from the 4th
grade to the 6th. I have no idea why and neither does he. But go at it
we would. Some times I'd win some times he'd win but fight we would. Almost every day.
Then one day we talked. Neither of us could remember what we didn't like
about the other except the fighting. We became the best of friends. We'd
pull things on each other though. Friends do that.
We ran a trap line together for several years. Out at 4:30 am in sub zero weather, rain or snow all for a few dollars. One time someone had been taking our traps and we thought we knew who so we thought to take some of his. We parked J. Winkel's pick-up and were going down this creek picking up traps when someone started shooting at us. We took off at a dead run for the pick-up. I was ahead of him by 25ft at the start.J. Winkel stood 5' 8'' and 210lb. I was 5'11'' and 145lb and had been on the track team. By the time we got to the truck J.Winkle had passed me and had the truck started.
We traded horses together also. We'd go to the auction and if they were selling low, we would buy a horse. If the were selling high we would sell one. By the time I was 16 I had saved enough to buy a 2yo ford convertible. I went into the service and J Winkle stayed at home. My parents moved to Florida and I never went back to that town. Thirty years later I called J.Winkel and found we were both in the air conditioning business. I think what we were fighting about was I could see in him what I didn't like about me. He and I were both loners and didn't want to be. We just had a hard time being around people. I think when we became friends we learned how to be friends with others.
I went through there 5 years ago. J Winkel has been married to the same woman almost 50 years and is farming the farm his grandfather farmed. He and his wife both run close to 300lb and seem happy. I doubt I'll ever see or hear from him again.
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