Story and drawings by Kristen Osborn Cart
Note: Kristen recently visited Nebraska and located a batch of family papers.
William Osborn retired from building elevators in 1955, but he continued maintaining them.
It was not until sometime in the Sixties that he switched careers and started a tropical fish business, breeding fancy beta fighting fish and guppies in tanks he welded himself. The fish shop was in his basement. It made a fascinating place for a young granddaughter to explore.
Apparently, he still had some elevator repair company letterhead paper lying around, because I found it and used it for some of my drawings. How they survived all of these years is a mystery to me.
All I ever drew were girls and horses.
- Kristen’s visit to her grandfather’s elevator in Blencoe, Iowa (ourgrandfathersgrainelevators.com)