Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Clint Krehbiel shows off an antique "better mousetrap," one of 19,000 items in his collection at his Aberdeen "toy shed."
Clint Krehbiel caught the collecting bug early in life.
He still has the double barrel shotgun he bought when he was 12 years old.
And, he has a whole lot more, including guns, lots and lots of wrenches and other tools, advertising signs, three jailhouse doors. The list goes on and on.
"I have always enjoyed antiques," Krehbiel said. "It has just been a hobby."
The Kansas native and his wife Marge, an Aberdeen native who headed east for college, returned to Idaho in the early 1960s.
It was about then that many of the founders of Aberdeen, which traces its roots to 1906, were retiring and selling their farm implements and other items.
"I went to every sale there was," Krehbiel said. "I would come home with the pickup stacked high."
Among the items he rescued were wrenches which came with every item of farm equipment. His collection is extensive, numbering 100 or more.
Krehbiel houses his collection in five rooms of a building which he calls Clint's Toy Shed. He opens it to the public one day a year during Aberdeen Daze. This year that event falls on June 23, which is next Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. visitors can see the types of things which spark memories of bygone days. There is no admission charge.
The building is on South 1st Street, across from the city park. Some of Krehbiel's bigger items, including tractors, some old automobiles and trucks and some large appliances such a washing machines and refrigerators, are housed in a fenced yard which surrounds it.
Other times Clint opens his toy shed by appointment. He regularly has student groups from the local schools. Occasionally tour buses bring tourists through.
"There's something for everyone here," said Marge. She pointed out a room with a variety of dolls as one example. The dolls bring a balance to the numerous things which pique men's interests, including a variety of toy trucks and cars. There are also some antique snowmobiles, such things as hand tillers, a number of tobacco cans.
Krehbiel hasn't developed his collection with commercial intent. He has simply enjoyed buying things that draw his interest.
The Krehbiels farmed west of Aberdeen. In addition Marge taught elementary school in town while Clint owned and operated a motorcycle shop. Their son Terry now owns and operates it.
The couple raised four children, three sons and a daughter. Mike lives in Blackfoot; Gary is in Springfield; Terry is in Aberdeen and Cindy lives in Kansas, near Clint's hometown.