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Fred S. Fissell was an auctioneer. He practiced in Ohio and this story involves an advertisement he placed around 1911 in a newspaper possibly printed in Mt. Gilead, Ohio (Morrow County.)

In the same newspaper, we see an advertisement from W. C. F. Michel, Auctioneer for an auction to be held on Thursday, March 16, 1911 involving the auction of various livestock and farm implements.

Mr. Fissell placed the following advertisement, if that’s what it was:

The Auctioneer

Comes to greet you with good cheer.

Sell at home or far away,
Sell by either night or day,
Sell by the job or on commission,
And all that’s needed is permission.

Sell in sunshine or in storm,
Be weather cold or weather warm,
In winter chill or summer heat,
With equal pleasure and ne’er retreat.

Sell your houses, sell your land,
Sell new goods or second-hand,
Sell for others and would sell yours,
In the house or out of doors.

Sell your horses, mules and cows,
Sell your wagons, carts and plows,
Sell your poultry, sheep and hogs,
Never sold cats but have sold dogs.

Sell your dry goods, groceries, drugs,
Sell your queensware, jars and jugs,
Sell your trimmings, notions too,
And when you’re ready would sell for you.

Sell your reapers, rakes and forks,
Sell your milk cans, bottles and corks,
Sell your grain and hay and straw,
Or anything else you ever saw.

Sell your chattels, but not for fun,
For that’s not why the thing is done,
Neither to make a show or splutter,
But simply for his bread and butter.

I don’t know if Mr. Fissell wrote this poem or borrowed it from someone else; in either case, it seemed worthy of republication.

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.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College and is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.