I was born and raised on a farm in Iowa. When I was eight
years old, I would draw horses on wood. My mother would
cut them out because I was too small to use the saw. Then
I would hitch up the four horses to my toy wagon. The Old
West cowboys, buffalo, Native Americans, cattle drives and
the frontier have always fascinated me. About 15 years ago
I purchased a painting of the Old West (picture to the left)
which then led to the purchase of antique cowboy memorabilia
from the Old West era of 1865 - 1930. My collection still
continues to grow to this day.
The Native Americans have also been of great interest
to me. I came upon a CD called "The Sacred Journey"
by Richard Stepp, a Cherokee Native American. The
first song on the CD is "The Buffalo and Eagle".
The buffalo represents strength and the eagle represents
freedom, which is what all Native Americans wanted.
An additional song on the CD, "Wounded Knee",
inspired me to find an old Ghost Dance Dress. I built
the Native American display around the dress, adding
numerous additional artifacts.
If antiques could talk, what a story they could
tell us. I have enjoyed adding memorabilia to my collection
and love to share its history with others through
rodeos, parades and other special events. If you share
this same passion, or wish to learn of our country's
early years, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Mervin & Nancy Levorson
For more information, please contact Mervin:
815 1st St SW
Clarion, IA 50525