Harry W. Landwehr


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Donald R. Jackson, born October 30, 1893, Kokomo, Indiana, passed away January 1, 1968 at home. Survivors are: wife, Myrtle Gladys; son, Robert; and three grandsons.

Mr. Jackson served a 5 cents per hour apprenticeship to become a machinist and tool and die maker. He served in France during World War I - railroad outfit (steam engines). Did just about everything in the machinery line from working on race cars to being a purchasing agent. Built his own prototype of a steam engine at the age of 12 and it worked.

Mr. Jackson was a member of the Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana Inc., for many years and had on display each year a Heider tractor. Also, was on hand for any work that was to be done at the show. He was a good man on steam, air and the old Stanley Steamer.

The club will miss him at the show each year.

Submitted by John J. Menchoffer, 3520 West 12th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222


Howard C. Burgess Sr., 85 years old, Fountain town passed away in the Hancock County Hospital at Greenfield. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Maude Burgess; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Wence of Terre Haute; a son, Howard C. Burgess Jr., of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Florence Huffman of Boggs town; a brother, Paul Burgess of Greenwood, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Burgess was a native of Morgan County and an Indianapolis resident 50 years until he moved to Fountain town 15 years ago. He had worked at Link-Belt Company 38 years, retiring in 1951.

He was a 50 year member of the Acton Masonic Lodge, Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana and Fountain town Christian Church.

Mr. Burgess was an old time member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana Inc. He was very well liked by all the members of the club. He was always ready to help with any work, that came up at the club. In his younger days, he had a supply of wooden models of traction engines, separators, and wagons on display each year.

These models were cut out of wood and was a very good display. Very interesting to all that saw them.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by John J. Menchoffer, 3520 West 12th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222


W. Ray Mitchell, passed away February 21, 1967 at Spokane, Washington. He ran threshing outfits for years in and around Dalton and Hunts, New York. Sent in by his son, W. R. Mitchell of Spokane, Washington.

It is with deep regret we report the passing of a good friend and fellow thresherman, Harry W. Landwehr, 57, of Waukomis, Oklahoma, on February 29, 1968.

Harry was a lifelong resident of Waukomis, where he operated a business and also a farm three and one-half miles west of town.

His hobby was his farm where he kept his Case 65 HP Steam Engine and other threshing equipment. For the past twelve years he has conducted the Waukomis Steam Threshing Bee, a three day event, which attracted people from adjoining states, as well as from all of Oklahoma.

It was his wish that the Threshing Bee be continued as the date for this year's event had been scheduled for August 23 to 25, inclusive.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Alice; a son, David; other relatives and many friends.

Sent in by Mr. Arthur H. Kosted, 3832 NW 18th St., Oklahoma City, Okla. 73107.