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RICHARD HORINEK, 64, Hingham, Montana, passed away July 14, 1997. He had been in failing health the past seven years. He had done as much work as he could and remained fairly active until the end.

Dick was born June 9, 1933, and had lived in the Hingham area all his life. He married Ruth Klemetson in 1956 and they had four sons, Larry, Mike, Dan and Mark. They all survive him.

Dick enjoyed traveling around looking for old tractors, stationary engines and old cars. He also enjoyed visiting with other collectors, going to auction sales, threshing bees, etc.

He was a farmer all his life and his son Mark now operates the farm. Dick loved his family and enjoyed his farming operation. He will be greatly missed by all.

With four sons, none of his collection is for sale.

Submitted by Ruth Horinek, Box 35, Hingham, Montana 59528.

JOHN D. SCHUSTER, age 82, died in his sleep July 10, 1997. He had been in failing health for four years following a near-fatal cardiac arrest.

John was a retired oil well shooter, making his own nitroglycerine at a plant in Oklahoma. His great interests were airplanes and steam engines. He was a private pilot and A&E mechanic. John served in the US Army Air Force during World War II in the Pacific theater. His love of steam engines was shared with his brother, Frank. They enjoyed going to steam shows together, sometimes taking me with them.

John is survived by his wife, Margaret, and son, John L. Schuster, four brothers, three sisters, and many friends. He is greatly missed.

Submitted by Margaret Schuster, 242 W. 10th, Garnett, Kansas 66032.

LAVERNE (L.S.) CLARKE, of Oxford, Indiana, passed away on September 30, 1997, at age 87. Born April 16, 1910, the son of Benjamin and Nettie Saunders Clarke in Swannington, Indiana, L.S. Clarke was one of the last of the thresher men to have worked with steam engines during 'thrashin' season.' An uncle sold Baker engines for Dietz Machinery Company of Bloomington, Illinois. Since Clarke was, as he put it, 'always around Bakers,' he eventually bought one from Al New in Pendleton, Indiana. Clarke's Baker was a 23-90 HP model, serial number 1458. It had been built as a uni flow but had been returned to the Baker factory to be changed to a counter flow. Clarke contributed photographs of his engine to the July/August 1989 and July/August 1991 issues of IMA.

Clarke enjoyed reminiscing about old-time threshing and often spoke of his uncle Clayton Clarke, who owned a Port Huron engine. Uncle Clayton 'threshed and pulled a sawmill in and around Ewing, Kentucky,' Clarke recalled. Around 1927, his uncle traded his engine on a new 25-45 HP Oil Pull and a new separator. Clarke helped Uncle Clayton move the outfit from Ewing to south of Paris, Kentucky, where they threshed during the 1927 season. Clarke mentioned his uncle's OilPull in a letter published in the November/December 1971 issue of the Album.

Having a good sense of humor, Clarke often wrote witty notes in his copies of the Album. He observed that the caption to a photograph in the May/June 1973 issue claimed that an engineer was trying out the whistle on an engine but that was not all that Clarke observed! His marginal note stated that the engineer was unlikely to get much sound from the whistle since the steam gauge showed that the boiler contained no pressure.

In 1994, Clarke retired from his self-employed business of operating heavy equipment. His first wife, Virginia Steel, and his second wife, Pearl Fellure, proceeded him in death. He is survived by good friends, including Glen J. Brutus and Glen's son, Eric Brutus, both of Pine Village, Indiana. They and the late John Hess may be seen in the photograph of Clarke's Baker shown in the July/August 1991 Album.

Submitted by Dr. Robert T. Rhode, 4745 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238-4537.