F-Troop memories and members, remembe...

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#1 Nov 15, 2010
I know, like myself, a lot of people have memories of the times spent with the members and other people associated with F-Troop, are wondering what ever happened to their friends and where they are now. I thought maybe if I started a thread and it was all in one thread it would be interesting and informative.

There were so many wild weekends, poker runs, barbeques, picnics, float trips, rides to the races, times spent working on bikes, soaking off road rash and nursing hangovers and broken hearts and of course, just hanging out at The Fort and Elsie's and other places. What are your favorite memories?
grandma

Granite City, IL

#2 Nov 15, 2010
waking up woody at the bar on the island to get a drink.

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#3 Nov 15, 2010
One time a bunch of us went on a float trip. One of the guys had a big place near the river where most of us stayed. Harvel and Faye Wallace, Gary and Mary Rowden, Joe Crider, Tom and Vern Wilkerson, a few other people and some kids, I can't recall everyone.

Most of us had tubes, but Gary and another guy had a canoe with two paddles (this will be important). Harvel, in all of his glory, decided to float down in a deluxe fully reclining chaise lounge with styrofoam arms, sort of a presidential floating throne, lol! This was fin for the first hour or so and everyone was drinking a lot of hair of the dog to cure their hangovers from the night before. Soon though, Harvel's left floating arm piece starting sinking. Not one to give up, he soldiered on, lopsidely floating on down.

Soon we hit a rough patch of near whitewater and the group started to break apart. People were dropping their drinks and their cigarettes were getting wet. Gary or the other guy in the canoe ended up losing one of the paddles in the river and paddling in circles. Harvel was listing badly as the chair started coming apart.

After we got thru the white water, the people in the tubes were far ahead of Harvel and the canoe. Everyone backpaddled to wait for Harvel as he gave up his broken, sinking chaise lounge. We took one of the tubes holding a cooler with the booze and put Harvel in that. Then we put that cooler in the canoe. Big mistake.

An hour or so later we came up on a gravel bar where we were going to stop and grill lunch. Gary and the other guy steered the one-oared canoe over to the gravel bar and we started to set up for lunch. Now Gary is the nicest guy in the world but when he's been drinking he would sometimes go a little crazy. Well, he saw a snake sunning himself on the gravel bar and he went nuts! He ran to the canoe, grabbed the surviving oar and proceeded to beat the snake to smithereens. In the process, he beat the oar into a short stump of wood! And tipped over the canoe and lost the coolers with the food and the booze :(

So we continued down the riwith an oarless canoe, almost all drunk, including the kids who had somehow snuck a bottle of vodka and some grapefruit juice onto the trip. One of the guys decided to fire up a doob just as we were passing a park ranger and got a hefty ticket. We were a mess, sunburned, wasted, some pissed off, so we went back to the site, built a fire and most people passed out.

Just another F-Troop adventure.
littlebillfsmc

Ozark, MO

#4 Nov 16, 2010
Some of the best times of my life was spent with the troop and the fort.And how about the M.D.A. partys at gary wrights? lol little bill

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#5 Nov 16, 2010
I remember going to the Fort (by Tank Town) for my Uncle Tom's wedding reception when I was about 16 with my grandma. Think that was wedding number four to Patty Naler.
honest 1

Granite City, IL

#6 Nov 16, 2010
littlebillfsmc wrote:
Some of the best times of my life was spent with the troop and the fort.And how about the M.D.A. partys at gary wrights? lol little bill
Oh my!! The good ole field events!! Seems like a lifetime ago.....
grandma

Granite City, IL

#7 Nov 16, 2010
The best thing was if you had just 1 trooper behind you in something the whole F-troop was behind you. They stuck together better than most marriages today.LOL
Just Breeze-n by

United States

#8 Nov 16, 2010
littlebillfsmc wrote:
Some of the best times of my life was spent with the troop and the fort.And how about the M.D.A. partys at gary wrights? lol little bill
Dad??? LOL

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#9 Nov 16, 2010
grandma wrote:
The best thing was if you had just 1 trooper behind you in something the whole F-troop was behind you. They stuck together better than most marriages today.LOL
So true, grandma, so true. There was a horrible wreck on a highway near the races in Sedalia, Mo one year. Rowdy, his wife, Stagner and his wife were hit head on by a drunk woman in a truck. They were all laying in the road, very critically injured. The local cops wanted to MOVE them to the side of the road to clear up the traffic jam.

The F-Troopers along with other bikers from all over created a circle around them to protect them and forbid anyone to move them until the ambulances arrived.
Good ol days

Dupo, IL

#10 Nov 16, 2010
doubledgirl wrote:
I remember going to the Fort (by Tank Town) for my Uncle Tom's wedding reception when I was about 16 with my grandma. Think that was wedding number four to Patty Naler.
LOL, I was there...my mom and step dad were members. i still have my hat that says " I drink at the fort", Ive had it a good 30 years I would say
2breal

League City, TX

#11 Nov 16, 2010
Does anyone remember the turkey shoots?
pb bch

Overland Park, KS

#12 Nov 17, 2010
My dad use to hang out with them, never really got to hear much of the storys of them. This is a great post.
good ol days

Dupo, IL

#13 Nov 17, 2010
2breal wrote:
Does anyone remember the turkey shoots?
I remember the turkey shoots. Depending who you were friends with, they would always rig em. I remember stretch using a pencil to make a whole in the bullseye to help a buddy out...lol...there are houses all back there now.
good ol days

Dupo, IL

#14 Nov 17, 2010
hole, not whole lol
2breal

League City, TX

#15 Nov 17, 2010
good ol days wrote:
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I remember the turkey shoots. Depending who you were friends with, they would always rig em. I remember stretch using a pencil to make a whole in the bullseye to help a buddy out...lol...there are houses all back there now.
Amen brother or sister! God I so much miss the good old granite, and the great people!:]
Im just sayin

Granite City, IL

#16 Nov 19, 2010
I Remember riding down the highway... looking back.... and seeing all the bikes ...what a sight and sound!!! Most non F Troop people thought we were a biker gang. Funny, most were married and we called it a biker club.(early F Troop)Just a bunch of friends riding and having a great time together! And who can forget the Fort with Dickie and the band?? Gary wasn't our only source of entertainment. I can't remember who had a cast on their leg and still rode his bike, but he crashed and ended up in the water right by the Fort and had to be plucked out of the water. Can't remember what happened to his bike. but it seems cast don't float!
Dawn

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Nov 19, 2010
My father played in the band with Dick Wilkerson. My father played lead guitar and was lead singer. We are still in contact with Dick - he's like an uncle to my siblings and I!

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#18 Nov 19, 2010
Im just sayin wrote:
I Remember riding down the highway... looking back.... and seeing all the bikes ...what a sight and sound!!! Most non F Troop people thought we were a biker gang. Funny, most were married and we called it a biker club.(early F Troop)Just a bunch of friends riding and having a great time together! And who can forget the Fort with Dickie and the band?? Gary wasn't our only source of entertainment. I can't remember who had a cast on their leg and still rode his bike, but he crashed and ended up in the water right by the Fort and had to be plucked out of the water. Can't remember what happened to his bike. but it seems cast don't float!
Dickie and the band sure were great! Now I'm thinking maybe Dickie was the one in the canoe with Rowdy but that memory is kinda pickled, lol.

You're so right about how things were in the early days. It was just a group of friends who wanted to ride and party together. The original members and officers were really strict about sticking to the charter that was drawn up, and club meetings at least started out serious.

No women ever wore colors. They didn't want people in the club who would actually go out into the other bars and stir up shit. They didn't want people in the club who just hung out at The Fort drinking and were full of shit. Members were required to actually have operational, running bikes during the running season, not just a box of parts, a frame and a dream. And a lot of other stuff......

One thing about almost all the guys with wives and kids, they were pretty good family men. There were so many activities that they tried to make into family events like picnics, Christmas parties, things like that. The only real drugs I knew of anyone using were weed and, with some, the occasional Quualudes.

After a number of years, more members were accepted and the rules started loosening up. Some wives and girlfriends started wearing colors, some of the newbies were young and squirrely, kind of arrogant and more into drugs than the senior members. Things were much more heated and whenever F-troop rode out to other bars, except maybe Elsie's, some kind of big fight was bound to happen. When F-Troop ended up being barred from so many places, some of the guys moved off to the senior citizen club, lol, Salty Dawgs, older, more mellow dudes.

One funny thing, a lot of time I would silkscreen the shirts at the big barbeques and parties. That was ironic, because a lot of times the shirts didn't stay on the girls very long.

I still have the hats, tshirts, two sets of colors, maybe half a dozen sets of leathers put away for sentimental value.

I also wanted to mention in this post the memories of the friends that are now riding in the sky. I've not lived in the area for some time but I do get back and try to keep in contact.

Dave Knight (not an official member yet, he was a Vietnam vet who had recently returned home, married and had a little boy. He was one of the finest people I've ever had the pleasure to know and I treasured his friendship with me and my family. He was killed before the club was official.)

Freddy Fudpucker, a true original.

Stretch, a fine a funny guy I'll never forget.

Rodger Hahn, a solid friend, no matter what and a gentle spirit always.

Please share your own tributes.

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#19 Nov 19, 2010
I think corporal agarn was the last to die(;-)
Im just sayin

Granite City, IL

#20 Nov 21, 2010
Funny but sometimes it was like a parallel to the TV show F Troop. We certainly had a Sergent O'Rourk and his sidekick Corporal Agarn. I think I can safely say we had a Wrangle Jane or two also!! I know it was fun and I probably won't name the guys who were so much like the TV actors.
Charlie (Hippie) Earls could always make you laugh. Don't know where his thoughts come from but they were always a kick. I guess the bartenders at the Fort, Pat and Marilyn kept everone in line. Anyone remember Smitty, Jack, or Crider??

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