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MERRITT M. GUM, born April 5, 1904, died September 23,1978, after a long illness. A retiree of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory of Green Bank, West Virginia, which had been his lifetime home. He will be remembered by steam and gas engine restorers and exhibitors for his work in furthering these reminders of our national heritage. Mr. Gum had an extensive collection of vintage gas engines and farm machines which he exhibited at shows in the area. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors who will remember him for his friendly manner and subtle sense of humor.

Submitted by Mrs. Merritt Gum, Green Bank, West Virginia 24944.

ROSCO GLEN JOHNSON, a long time farmer and sawmill operator from Putman County, Missouri, passed away July 5, 1978. Rosco was an expert with steam engines and his last project was helping Dana Davis of Lemons, Missouri, with his Case steam engine. Rosco was a member of the IA-MO Gas Engine and Tractor Club.

Submitted by Art Dickey, Corydon, Iowa 50060.

JOHN S. GOLLING, age 88, Gull Lake, Sask., Canada, died March 14, 1978. He homesteaded in this area in 1910, farming continually until 1917. His early life was spent as a crane operator in Great Falls, Montana. For a time he was employed by Great Northern Railway as a fireman between Glasgow, Montana and Bismark, North Dakota. He was a licensed steam engineer and for many years took part at Pion-era Exhibition at Saskatoon, Sask. This is now called the Saskachimo Exposition. He was a member of the Pioneer Threshermen's Club of Saskatoon. In memory of their departed members, they have placed his name on their honor roll plaque at Saskatoon's Western Development Museum. He treasured each issue of the Iron Men Album. God bless his family, many friends and fellow steam associates.

Submitted by his daughter, Louise M. Golling, 110-10 Street South, Apt. 16, Great Falls. Montana 59401.

HERMAN O. HINTZSCHE, 80, of 151 John Street, DeKalb, Illinois, died in his home on August 26, 1978. Herman, a man that found a great lot of outdoor interest at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm at Davis Junction, will be greatly missed by the associated members of the North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, and by hundreds of friends who gained his acquaintance through his hobby demonstrations annually at the show. He will be greatly remembered as the key operator of the horse power threshing at the Farm and the annual operator of the 40 x 80 Avery gas tractor, also as the woven wire fence maker by hand and the maker of spinning wheels and their demonstrations. A living memory of Herman will be the 'Memorial Gardens' at Hickory-Oaks Farm, founded and arranged by him in 1974 in memory of his wife, Elsie, and the other show workers who passed away. The names and year of death of each has been inscribed by Herman on a plaque of walnut wood which stands in the beautiful flower garden of wood carving fence.

Submitted by Emil F. Svanda, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020.