Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 1, 2013

Tepee adds to landscape of family farm

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“I love trees and love to be in the woods. That’s another reason I’m interested in tepees and Indians.”

Now Gausman can share his interests with his grandchildren. “Aaron spends a lot of time out there” by the tepee. “One of my granddaughters went out there one night and came back inside because she saw a spider.”

He points out, “I really love to build .... I started out at Dunlap’s at age 17 as a carpenter. When they built houses back then in 1945, you did everything” from the ground up. He also did bricklaying. “I always liked what I did, and the days always went by fast.”

Wife Marilyn announces, “He built this house (where the couple lives) and completely redid the barn.” She also reveals another one of his hobbies, making walking canes.

Gausman explained how he got the one he was using. “I was working in the woods. Since I’m getting stiff and stumble around, I picked up this stick. I walked around with it all day and then brought it home. Later, I looked at it and thought it would make a good cane.”

The woodworker admits, “It’s interesting building things for yourself, but I always took just as much pride in building things for others.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

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