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WILLIAM (POKEY) FRY, born 1890, died 1972. He ran a machine shop in Sedgwick, Kansas for many years. He owned a 60 HP Case engine and also built a 1/4 size Case 65 that he had at the shows. No matter how busy Pokey was in his shop, if you needed something done on your engine, he would stop everything and fix it. He and his father threshed for many years in Western Kansas and around Sedgwick. The Steam Engine Crown has lost a real friend and worker.

Courtesy of John R. Younkman, North Newton, Kansas 67117

EVERETT F. PYLE, age 74 of St. Jacob, Illinois died April 23, 1973. Everett was well known in the midwest as he attended many of the shows as long as he was able. He was a charter member of the American Thresherman Ass'n. and faithfully served on various committees and offices. He always displayed a variety of machinery at the shows and was an expert mechanic. He will be missed by all at the reunions.

Courtesy of George F. Bahre, Coulterville, Illinois 62237

WALTER J. BAHRE, age 74 of McPherson, Kansas died on April 25, 1973. Walter loved steam and built many working models and attended all the shows and reunions in the area and was a friend to all. Walter was a member of the American Thresherman Assn. for many years.

Sent in by George F. Bahre, Coulterville, Illinois 62237

ALFRED (TINY) BALDWIN, 61, passed away at his home in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1973. He belonged to the Old Stump Jumpers of Mansfield, Pennsylvania and many more. Helped Carl Campbell saw shingles at the Williams Grove Reunion last August 1972. He will be greatly missed at the shows by his many friends.

Sent in by Carl S. Campbell, R.D. 1, Mansfield, Pennsylvania 16933

MENNO STOLTZFUS - died May 2. He was a modest, but familiar figure at the annual 'Old Thresherman's Reunion at Kinzer, Pa.' Here he was always in the forefront, ready to lend a hand wherever help was needed during the show, as long as his health permitted. A retired farmer and thresherman, he spent his retirement in the weaving of carpet.

Courtesy of W. J. Eshleman, 722 East End Ave., Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602

ALLEN A. TREGO, born 1889, died 1972. Al was a retired Santa Fe engineer who had over 40 years service with the railroad. He was also the owner of several traction engines. In his early years of threshing he owned Garr-Scott engines which he quit using in the early 30s. In the 1950s he used to show a beautifully restored 20 HP Advance. Al was always ready to help on any steam engine at any time and his good advice and many stories of old times are greatly missed.

Courtesy of John R. Younkman, North Newton, Kansas 67117

SAMUEL R. (TED) Kirkendall, 68, of Route 3, Cass Twp., Shelby, Ohio died recently in Shelby Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He had been a thresher and had operated a cider press and sawmill. He was a road supervisor for Cass Township for 21 years.

Sent in by his lifetime buddie, Verl Malone, R.D.3, Shelby, Ohio 44875

FRANK B. SWEIGART, 79, of 20 W. Stiegel St., Manheim, Pa. died recently at Lancaster General Hospital after 1 years of illness. He was a retired thresherman and a member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers of Kinzer.

Sent in by Walter H. Den, 230 W. Main Street, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 17552

JASON M. CLINE, 78, of Oak Grove, Jackson County, Missouri died March 5, 1973. All his life he had been interested in steam engines, and a long time subscriber to the ALBUM. He enjoyed attending old time threshing bees and steam engine shows in many states. He was always interested in his friends and ready to help them with their projects.

Sent in by Haston L. St. Clair, Box 140 A, R.R.I, Holden, Missouri 64040

FRED C. BOLLIG of Mazomanie, Wisconsin died February 21, 1973 at the age of 80 years. For many years he was an engineer on a 20-60 Case steamer, threshing, silo filling, shredding and sawing lumber.

Sent in by Herbert A. Bollig (son), Route 2, Cross Plains, Wisconsin.

EDMOND T. CURRANS, president and general manager of Western Antique Power, Inc. passed away April 2, 1973, in Salem (Oregon) General Hospital following a coronary seizure. He was 68. He worked as farm and industrial machinery salesman-mechanic for several companies here on the west coast and was an authority on old tractor restoration and operation. A Western Steam Friend's Assocation member for many years, he was owner of a nice Case 50 steam tractor and several old gas tractors. He was master mechanic at Western Antique Power at the time of his death.

Submitted by Rodney M. Pitts, Box 9130, Brooks, Oregon 97305