JAMES L. LAYTON, of Federalsburg, Maryland, passed away April 10, 1994, at the age of 70. He was born on the family farm near Harmony, Maryland, October 3, 1923, the son of the late James Herman and Martha Willis Layton.
He was a lifelong farmer and had operated a sawmill for many years. He was well known by steam traction engine and antique agricultural machinery collectors across the country. In 1959 he bought back the steam engine his father had when he was growing up. In the following few years he purchased two more 8V2 Frick engines, finding out later that one was the last Frick traction engine built. In 1961 he threshed a half load of wheat with several neighbors watching and it became an annual event. The Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collector's Association, Inc., was organized in 1966 and he had served as its president since then. An avid collector, he had a large collection of antique farm machinery. He had attended steam shows since the 1950s and had been a member of most of the shows in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Mr. Layton is survived by his wife Mildred; three daughters, Shirley Jackson, Brenda Stant and Patricia Layton; and two grandchildren.
We apologize for not printing this notice earlier. We failed to include it in IMA two years ago, when it was submitted by his daughter, Brenda Stant, 6101 Harmony Road, Preston, Maryland 21655.
REV. LLOYD C. BRONSON went to be with the Lord August 27, 1996. Rev. Bronson was born June 17, 1904 in Otsego Township, Michigan, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He served the Lord all his life, including 60 years as a dairy farmer, and the past 30 years as an ordained minister. Surviving are his wife, Helen Wesseling Bronson; two sons, George of Kalamazoo and Larry of Mt. Pleasant; two stepchildren, Clyde Pruitt of Allegan and Suzanne Hall of Winnipeg, Canada; six grandchildren, Amanda Ferris, Suzanne Bronson, Martin Hall, Christine Minor, Matthew Pruitt, and Timothy Pruitt; and two great-grand-children.
Submitted by his son, George Bronson, 6406 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009.