1963 Anderson: This is one of five or six snowmobiles built during the 50's & 60's by Clay Anderson and his son, Melvin, of Manistique, MI. He built his first one in 1957 after looking at a snowmobile in a Popular Science magazine and decided to build his own. The machine in the museum was built by the Andersons in 1963. One other machine was later disassembled and the parts were used to make a garden tractor.
Mr. Anderson was a machinist at the Port Inland Quarry in Gulliver, MI. He designed and built the transmission for this sled, with high/low/reverse and neutral. The Andersons would gather fallen trees in the winter and use these machines to haul the logs. Lawrence Vallier bought this machine at a garage sale for $5 in the 1980's.
Charlie Vallier took it to a snowmobile show in Manistique, MI and there he met Melvin Anderson, who told Charlie the story behind the snowmobile. In 2014 Melvin came to the museum to see the snowmobile.
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