Ontario auction draws big crowd for historic items

A bidder stakes his claim to an antique derringer Sunday, May 20, at the auction of the Bob Peterson estate north of Ontario. (Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO — There was the box of hand carved World War II aircraft.

There was the pocket derringer.

And there were the hand pumps, red and ready to go.

For hours Sunday, auctioneers from Baker Auction Co. kept up a lively patter, drawing out bids for a huge assortment of antiques, farm equipment and more. Bidders even had a crack at a 1937 outhouse.

The items had been gathered for the personal museum of the late Bob Peterson.