“One Wednesday” is a series of pictorials exploring small towns in our area on any given Wednesday. Towns will be showcased in the Register the last Sunday of every month.
Photographs by Abigail Bobrow
I chose to go to Vickery.
I have driven west on U.S. 6 many times before, but never turned left onto County Road 268.
It was quiet as I traveled early Wednesday morning.
The children had been picked up for school and only a few residents were still pulling out of their driveways for work.
I parked and waited for something to happen.
And then I saw a burly man circling the block on his bicycle and approached him.
He was Vernet “Butch” Kardotzke and he greeted me cordially, although apprehensively. After I told him what I was doing he warmed to the idea.
“It’s a pretty nice little community to live in. We’ve enjoyed living here,” said the 63-year-old.
He has lived in Vickery his entire life and raised two sons and a grandson with his wife Wilma.
That’s the story of many who occupy the homes in an 1-2 mile radius