An Orchard City town board constituent known for his straight-talking common sense and never-failing good humor, Charles Marty, was honored with a memorial tribute by the town board on Feb. 12 following his death the week before.
Below is an account from 2008 of one of Mr. Marty's presentations to the trustees about the town they live in:
It's a jungle out there.
Adventure, even danger, can lurk even in one's own backyard. Orchard City resident Charles Marty, a regular contributor at Orchard City Town Board meetings, shared his account of a backyard adventure from 18 years ago with the town trustees at their Dec. 3 session.
Marty recounted how he was rescued after an hours-long ordeal resulting from a tractor mishap on his six-acre parcel in town.
Had it not been for a young boy who finally happened by, Marty fears he might have remained pinned between his tractor and its implement overnight, or even longer.
Marty recounted the incident for the meeting:
"People have been commenting about the orange clothing I wear. So I thought I'd set everyone straight on why I often wear orange.
"Eighteen years ago when I first moved here I had about six acres that I was going to try and farm. So, one day at noon I went out to do some farm work. I had a Massey 65 and one of those old-fashioned cultivators.
"I went to unhook it right after lunch and, well, the tractor rolled back and pinned me between the wheel and that cultivator. I was pinned tight against a two-inch iron bar.
"There were seven trailers right below me with people living in them, and seven trailers on the other side with people living in them, too. Also, I was right below another house.
"So, I began hollering for help, and I hollered all that afternoon. Finally, just before dark, some little kid clear down at the bottom, at the furthest trailer down, came out, heard me, and called his mom. She came up and got me out of there.
"That was such a wonderful neighborhood where everyone looked out for everyone else.
"So, I have an agreement with my neighbors there now. If they see this orange lay out there in the field for a week or so they're supposed to call somebody. I don't want to be laying out there for 13 days like the guy back in Brooklyn I saw on the news."
After he related his story at the town board meeting, Marty added, "That woman who helped me get out said she wanted to call an ambulance. I told her, 'No. I've got to get back to work.'"blog comments powered by Disqus