Two of the 18 reindeer heads made famous by the Terex Corporation in the 1970s have arrived at the Destination Hudson Visitor Center & Gift Shop.
Ben Rubal was the electrician in charge of the "lighting of the reindeer" each year at Terex, and his grown children have donated these to the people of Hudson in his memory. During those years, the deer heads were placed on the scoops of massive pieces of earth moving equipment, with huge wrapped packages in the scoop between two heads.
"Ben was the personification of the Christmas spirit," said daughter Ann. "Dressing as Mr. Claus, he donated his time to the local schools for visits to unsuspecting children, year after year. In addition to school visits, Ben coerced his wife, Helen, to be Mrs Claus, and his children and reluctant spouses to be his elves making visits to neighborhood homes on Christmas Eve."
In addition to scheduled visits, Rubal would choose a couple homes during the holiday season that looked to be full of holiday spirit. He would walk up to the home, announcing "Ho-Ho-Ho."
"It was a much simpler time of life," Ann said. "They just let him in. Some folks would give him money for stopping by and sometimes a drink of Christmas spirits."
Rubal’s children hope his story brings people a smile and instills a little Christmas spirit and a touch of their Dad’s goodness.
For more information, contact Ann at 330-671-8753.