A World War I veteran, my grandfather, Carey Overshiner was a charter member, past commander and past quartermaster of William Britton Post 6817, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of World War I Barracks at Dunkirk. He owned a pool room in Mt. Victory, Ohio where he lived with my Grandma Susie. He loved gardening and fishing trips to his cabin in Canada. One of his more notable hunting trips made the local papers when he crossed paths with a black bear that charged him – he raised his rifle just in time but clenched his teeth so hard it broke his smoking pipe in half. He would let me sit and watch him putter around in his garage filled with a rich menagerie of curiosities from mechanical parts to tortoise shells, old tools and driftwood, lamp parts to seed pods …and a large bear skin rug on wall.

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