By: Melody (Morgan) McKinley
Steve Combs has been our neighbor for several years. Often I think of my first knowledge of Steve. Now mind you, one could not ask for a better neighbor.
For a short time in the early 1960's we lived on the main road going into Bates. This was also the road that the off-highway trucks would use to bring the large logs to the mill.
One day to my surprise, I was looking out of the window and saw a vehicle going down the road with what appeared to be no driver. Then I saw a little head pop up and realized that a young boy was driving. There was a logging truck coming down the road. I wondered just how this boy was going to keep from hitting the truck if he could not see out of the window.
I inquired about who would be driving a vehicle at such a young age. I was told it was Steve Combs. At the time he was probably nine years old.
This went on all of the time. Steve never had any problems with running into a logging truck.
He has been driving a logging truck for a number of years now. From what I have observed he is an excellent driver.''
Steve started teaching his daughters Kellie and Sherri to drive a snowmobile and motor bike at an early age. They could not have been more than four years old. There were times we thought they would have a wreck, but they have had a good teacher.
Now I am wonder if, in a few years, Steve will be teaching grandchildren to drive when they are just past walking?