By Richard O Jones
SHANDON – A longtime collector of all things Americana, Shandon resident Bernie Bosse is bucking for a spot in the Guinness World Records, guessing that having 189 meat grinders might be noteworthy.
The youngest of five brothers growing up in White Oak, Bosse’s first experience with meat grinders dates back to his days at Roger Bacon High School.
“When I was 16 I went to work at H.H. Meyer Packing Company on Linn Street,” he said. “We used to run these meat grinders in the chop room, they were big Enterprise choppers that you could shovel meat into.
“The end of the work day was 3:30 (p.m.) for the workers, then we went in and cleaned the machinery. That’s how I worked my way through my last two years of high school.”
In 1972, he and his wife bought 22 acres and moved to the country. At first, he kept some livestock and had a barn built to hold some of the cattle, but soon realized that working full time as a truck driver dampened his enthusiasm for animal husbandry and sold his stock.
Then as he went to flea markets and auctions, he began collecting things and storing them in the barn.
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