Ole Blue was purchased new from the local showroom of Zuelki Chevrolet in Burton, Texas.
Gus And Gus Sr. in 1954 determined that a Pickup Truck would improve the and make farming easier. They went to town to buy a truck, just a little over two miles from the home-place.
Upon arriving, they immediately knew the truck, Ole Blue, was determined to be just what the farm needed.
They purchased the truck and drove home.
This truck has been in the family ever since and rarely traveled outside of Washington county.
This truck truly was a part of the family.
Ole blue faithfully hauled cotton, corn and hay from the fields. Took the family to church on Sundays. Took stock to the sale barn.
When Daughter Shirley went to college it left Washington county to move her into Houston to Nursing school.
A rare excursion outside of the County.
I came along in 1988 and Married Shirley, and started helping Gus on the farm. It took several years to be trusted behind the wheel of ole blue. What a Joy i had the day I first drove this member of the family. I hauled corn to the mill for grinding. Of course I was closely watched by Mr. Gus.
I must have passed the test as i continued to be allowed the pleasure of hauling corn and cattle.
When Mr. Gus became more disabled I became the new caretaker of Ole Blue.
We got a fresh new paint job. Not just any paint. It was the Original Color code factory paint. You see I was a friend of a local dealership, LaRoche Chevrolet in Brenham, Texas.
The Body shop manager had a quart of the original paint.
We dint due any body work as every dent had a story.
So we just cleaned her up and gave her a fresh coat of paint.
New seat covers were next, and then new door and window seals.
Before Mr. Gus passed away he transferred Ownership of Ole Blue to Me and his Daughter Shirley. What great pride i take in that trust.
When Mr. Gus passed away, we knew Ole blue must be put to service one very important last time.
You see everybody in town knew Ole blue, and knew Mr. Gus was in town.
So Gus was given one final ride to town and to the final resting place in Ole Blue, with Me his proud Chauffeur
So we continue caring for ole blue with new fuel tank and lines, and now with just 10003 thousand miles on that ole straight 6 she needs rebuilt. we are doing just that through the local community college engine building class.
Ole Blue will get to be enjoyed yet a few more years here in Washington County.
For me I can only say how proud I am to have the trust to such a special part of this family.
Ole Blue will now mostly be driven in the local parades and displayed for the those who attend the Burton Cotton Gin annual festival
The grand kids will enjoy a country ride and maybe a fishing trip to the pond.