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Bundle Wagon replica to decorate Faltinson’s Arizona yard

October 4, 2012

Mel Faltinson 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Mel Faltinson
By Norma Dittman
Street names of Covered Wagon Drive, Buck Board Drive, Chuck Wagon Drive, all identify streets in Mission, Texas where Mel and Jay Faltinson spend winters. But they don’t live on any of those streets. Their street name is Bundle Wagon Drive, which prompted Mel’s most recent creation - a miniature bundle wagon complete with two mules to haul the load!

Made from “Arlan Swanson’s old screen door”, Mel explained, the bundle wagon is a replica of the wagons used in years gone by to haul shocks from the field to the threshing machine. The wagons were drawn by a team of horses or mules.

The running gear of Faltinson’s wagon is made just as the life-sized ones were complete with the capability of removing the bundle wagon and replacing it with a grain wagon.

A pair of mules, that appear to pull the wagon, were created using sheet metal that Faltinson pop riveted together. “I just shaped the mules by bending the metal here a little and there a little,” Faltinson said. The pair are hitched to the bundle wagon by a harness that was made using letover metals. “Dick Johnson was my consultant for how to make the harness. We had a good time making that,” Faltinson said. The reigns are old shoe strings.

“When I was about three years old, Bud Mischke, Marv Mischke’s brother, made me a big M Farmall tractor, single disc, three-bottom plow, triple box wagon, and a bundle wagon. I played with those toys all of the time. I don’t know what happened to them. I’m sure they probably went to the junk pile, but those toys sure made an impression on me,” Faltinson recollected.

“This bundle wagon and mules will be used in our front yard in Arizona - especially at Christmas time. We have a Santa that we may use, if we don’t find a different one, and we will wrap some small boxes to make it look like Christmas presents. I think that would look pretty nice,” Faltinson said.

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