These stories noted some of John’s observations about the auction industry as well as life in general. According to Lori Landry of the Ohio Auctioneers Association, she is unaware of any older active auctioneer in Ohio, although the state licensing department does not track ages of their licensees.
John worked many jobs before getting his auctioneer’s license in 1978. He helps his son Mike Clum at the Mike Clum, Inc. auction barn located about 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
John’s wife, Jane Clum is 87 years old, and clerks auctions. They have been married 65 years. Jane remarked that she thinks he does a great job — and John’s response was “I’ve had a lot of practice.”
John Clum said he wants to work 20 more years.
Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.face book.com/mbauctioneer. He is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.