Botts Land Service
We Just call this page "Etc." because
it has a little bit of everything.
John "Jack" Botts
Father of Joseph "Joe" Botts
Hi, I'm your Host, and the Gentleman
above was my Father.  I guess you could
say that we both contributed to making
this website possible, so I would like to
think of him as the Co-Host
Son of John "Jack" Botts
These are just some things we find interesting.  If you do too, come by once in awhile and
visit.  I'll keep adding to it when I have the time.  Thanks for dropping in.  JB
In the meantime, take a look at some of the
books I have written.  
Spring Street Paso Robles looking North at 12th St  -  1948
Starting to get some "Heavy Traffic" by 1948
I can remember being in the old family car, sitting in the middle of Spring Street
between 12th and 13th with my Dad leaning out the driver's window and talking to a
rancher friend who was parked window to window with our car.  They were having a nice
visit, but my Mother got excited and started scolding my Dad, and I can still hear her
saying, "Jack, you're going to have to move, there's a car coming!"    ( "a" car! )
In order to fully appreciate this, one has to realize that this was not only the middle of
the Main Street in town, but in those days, it was also the middle of the 101 Highway!!!

Times have changed in Paso Robles.
"Modern" Service Station in 1938
Note the Electric Pumps
Old Reward Poster - Printed on Canvas
$500 was a LOT of money
at that time.
An Airplane Story:
Will's Airplane
William Paulsen was 23 years old when this picture was taken in 1908.  A native of
Lockwood, he is standing proudly in front of an airplane he built while he was working at
a machine shop in San Jose, California. He made every part of it by hand, including the
engine.  He cast all of the ironwork for the engine himself, and used tin cans for the molds
for the pistons and then machined them to size.  The only things he found it hard to make
were the spark plugs since he had no way of producing the ceramic insulation.  He
managed to start and run the engine on plugs made of hardwood, but was waiting for
actual factory-made plugs that he had on order when his plans were changed.  It seems
that Charley Patterson of Lockwood had an idea that he could power a combine with a
gas engine, and had contacted Will's boss about it.  So the Boss talked Will into providing
the engine for the experiment. (A little needed cash helped to make up his mind.)  After
all, Will knew that he could make another engine, and he needed the money.
The engine worked, the harvester worked, and the plugs worked for most of the season!  
Unfortunately, (Or perhaps fortunately!) Will was offered a high paying job in Tehachapi
working on locomotives.  He left the airplane in a shed in San Jose, planning to return at
some time to finish his adventure.  Time passed, and so did the airplane.  

Will was the great-grandfather of my children on my wife's side.
Interesting Equipment Pictures:
I've been running equipment since I was eight years old, and I
thought I had seen about everything.  But I guess I had not.
For example, I have never been "up a stump" like this:
And I don't think I have ever been stuck in the mud quite this bad:
And I never dreamed of being stuck like this!!!
Notice that the exhaust flap is still open.
The engine is STILL RUNNING!
I guess I've just been lucky.
And very careful...
I thought I had seen some big and powerful engines, but nothing like this!
This is a picture of the cylinder assembly:
Here is a picture of the crankshaft:
Unfortunately, we can no longer keep up with the Japanese in manufacturing
large items like this due to environmental restrictions that prevent the
building of new steel refineries.  Ironically, newer refineries would put out
much less pollution than the outdated ones we are forced to use.
By the Way...  Did you ever see a Cat do a WHEELIE?
Joseph "Joe" Botts
Cutting Horse
Both of us were more comfortable
wearing our work clothes.