LAWRENCE 'BUD' APGAR of Grenville, Ohio, passed away on September 4, 1995 at Carriage Inn, a nursing home in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a resident for five years. He was 83 years old.
He was a member of The Darke County Steam Threshers for years and had been a member of many more before the Grenville Show. He was born and raised with steam engines and he owned quite a few in his time.
He will surely be missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his brother Carl Apgar of Cincinnati, Ohio, a retired engineer who was raised on a farm with steam engines, saw mills and threshers.
Submitted by Carl Apgar, 7434 Fair Park Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio.
EDWARD D. MARTIN, 89, of Polk City, Iowa, passed away August 9, 1994, of Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Omaha and lived in Polk City for 22 years.
Eddie was a great motor grader operator and maintained Polk County roads for many years. He was a great lover of old equipment and owned several old farm tractors. His pride was a McDeering regular tractor that he restored. In his later years, he turned this tractor over to his grandsons Dale and Eldon Gronewald of St. Peters, Missouri.
Eddie was a charter member of the Living History Farms at Des Moines, Iowa, where he was in charge of operating the straw baler every year during show time. He took care of repairs, if needed, and making any blocks for the baler.
Eddie was also a good corn husker and entered many corn husking events. During his retirement years, he entered many Senior Olympics events from California to Missouri and won numerous medals in running competition. He had many friends at the steam and tractor shows he attended, where he is surely missed.
One thing for sure, wherever Eddie is, if there is someone there with a tractor and baler and plenty of straw he will be happy.
Submitted by son-in-law Kenneth F. Gronewald, 804 Birdie Hills Rd., St. Peters, Missouri, 63376.
EMORY DULL, 77, who passed away February 15, 1995, was one of the organizers of the Mason Dixon Steam Historical Society and was an active member for 33 years. He was a director for a number of years.
Emory was our electrician, plumber, and Mr. Fix-It. His dedication and long hours of work contributed much to the success of the society.
Emory's smile, cheerfulness and willing input are greatly missed.
Submitted by Lula Leppo, 2161 E. Deep Run Rd., Manchester, Maryland 21102.
RAYMOND L. YOUNG, born May 7, 1901, passed away August 19, 1995; he was 94 years old. He was a man who took very seriously his role in life of caretaker, parent and provider. He was a man of strong character with the courage to stand up for his convictions concerning right and wrong as he understood them.
Mr. Young was blessed with a large measure of mechanical ability. Even though he started life in much simpler times, he marveled at the technology available today and spoke of how much more he could have learned had he had the opportunity available today. He was innovative, and could fix anything with materials at hand.
He experienced first-hand, the amazing advances in mechanization on the farm. As a young boy he witnessed his father flailing rye on the barn floor. He also could use the flail and would demonstrate it at the steam shows each year. During his lifetime he cradled wheat. He cut wheat with a reaper and then a binder. He operated a hand fed thresher with a four horse sweep and then a steam engine. He operated one of the first combines and then a modern self-propelled combine.
He helped organize and was a lifelong director of the Mason-Dixon Steam Historical Society. He was willing and anxious to share his knowledge with anyone. Many of the members of the Society today are there because of the encouragement and help Mr. Young gave them.
Mr. Raymond L. Young was a family man, farmer, steam engineer, thresherman, carpenter, teacher, man of God, and a gentleman.
Submitted by Herbert Wessel, Secretary of the Mason Dixon Steam Historical Society, Westminster, Maryland.
HOWARD D. BUCHANAN SR., 89, of North Baltimore, Ohio, died May 19, 1995.
Howard was a steam engineer, and a lifelong steam enthusiast. He started his career as a steam tractor engineer, operating Russell, Reeves, and Huber engines. His father owned two different Russell engines which Howard and his brothers helped run. They ran a sawmill in northwestern Ohio, and many of the barns they cut lumber for are still standing to this day. Later, Howard got jobs operating other men's tractors. He especially liked the Reeves engine, and he and his brothers bought their own 16 HP model. They threshed with it for the local farmers in northwestern Ohio. It was a Canadian model, with the flat strap type wheels, and it had a canopy.
Eventually the need for a traction engineer dwindled, and he had to get jobs in the local factories. He ran the boilers at the Swift soybean plant in Fostoria and at Cooper Tire in Find-lay. He also ran a large Corliss type engine at the Old Dutch Brewery in Findlay, which was used to power the refrigeration plant. He then got a job as a boiler operator/night watchman at the old National Automotive Fibers plant in Findlay. They were later bought out by Dow Chemical Company from which he retired in 1971.
Besides being an engineer, he was also a self-taught machinst. He built a 1/16 scale model of a Russell 16 HP traction engine from scratch, without any castings or blueprints. It is a prized family heirloom, and runs on its own live steam. The Russell type engine was his most favorite of all.
Howard was a long time member of the National Threshers Association and actually attended one of the first shows they had out on the farm (Blakers). He attended numerous other shows in Kinzers, Pennsylvania, and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and throughout Ohio. He also subscribed regularly to IMA, since the early '50s, and kept them all to pass down.
Howard attended the Church of the Brethren, in Deshler, Ohio, and served as an elder of the church.
Howard was well liked by all who knew him, and is sorely missed by his remaining family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Elizabeth (Rickerd) Buchanan, and two baby girls. He is survived by a son, Howard Jr., three daughters: Clara Kerns, Mary Shade, and Carol Hutchins. He also had eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Howard D. Buchanan HI, 205 Sugartree Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.