|It will be a picker’s dream this weekend in Rudolph.|
Duke and Kathy Packard of North Central Sales Auction of Antigo will conduct a one-of-a-kind sale at the estate of Beverly and the late Carl Fischer, 525 Plum Rd.
Rudolph is located on Highway 13 west of Stevens Point and north of Wisconsin Rapids,. Once in the town, take Highway C east to Highway O to Plum Road.
"We have never seen anything quite like this,” Col. Kathy Packard said. “It has been a massive undertaking. We have nine buildings, a barn, the home, seven semi-trailers, four school buses and over 180 old cars. What did they collect? Everything! All buildings, trailers and buses are packed full to the point of overflow. There are tractors, machinery, tools, farm primitives, antiques, collectibles and so much more. Beverly said the late Carl wouldn't just stop at an auction or garage sale to buy one item, he'd buy it all and even the garage.”
The auction will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and Monday, with two rings going most times. Saturday will feature tractors, machinery and farm primitives with antiques and collectibles. Sunday will be filled with old cars and more farm primitives, antiques and collectibles. The balance, along with scrap iron, will go on Monday.
Packard explained that the homestead has an intriguing history, dating to the mid-1900s when Carl and Beverly Fischer purchased the property from the ate Alexander Keyawa.
“The story goes that Mrs. Keyawa was once visited by Al Capone, a man on the run, who demanded refuge to shave and eat,” Packard said. “They managed to acquire a rifle from the unexpected visitor. It still remains in the Fischer family today and is shrouded in mystery.”
The rifle, along with an array of pistols and other rare items, will be among the items sold.
Packard explained that much of the stock for the auction dates to Flora Fischer, Carl’s mother, who operated Treasure Attic Antiques in Wisconsin Rapids.
“Rumor has it nothing would stop her from getting what she wanted, whether at an auction or otherwise,” Packard said. “As time passed, Flora's heath declined, and she passed her business to Carl and Beverly. They carried on the passion and intrigue of the family business, which Beverly continues to operate today.”
While Beverly went antiquing, Carl, a truck driver for Gross-Common Carriers and an Army veteran, packed away over 50 years worth of treasures on the family farm. After he died, the decision was made to hold the sale.
In addition to the reputed Capone gun, other highlights will include a Harrington & Richards Arms Co.'s premier double action Revolver in its original box, a horse carousel with an original brass tag, two early Rockwell-Drivotrainers systems, cast Loon windmill weight, the collector cars and vintage car parts, Dootlebugs, tractors, ’’57 Cadillac Coup Deville, 1938 Studebaker one-ton, many International trucks, horse drawn sleighs and wagons and fine and primitive antiques.
“This is one for the record in Wisconsin as far as auctions go,” Packard said.
From left, Col. Duke Packard, Col. Gary DuFour and Col. Kathy Packard of Northcentral Sales Auctions with just a sampling of items that will go on the block in Rudolph this weekend.