Content Tools

CHARLIE BORTE, Silverton, Oregon died January 14, 1975. Charlie was an ardent supporter and participated in Pacific Northwest Threshing Bees since their inception in the mid-fifties. His free lance Model 'T' truck was a well known and truly remarkable creation seen at all the shows in recent years. He had been a member of the Western Steam Fiends for about 20 years. When the Cowlitz Prairie Threshing Bee at Toledo, Washington was on the verge of floundering for want of a sponsor, Charlie, by sheer force of personality, plus a few gallons of his own sweat infused new life and enthusiasm in the area residents. Now, the Toledo Show is alive and well, one of the big shows of the Northwest.

Although Model 'T' restoration was his pet hobby, Charlie was fascinated by the other old iron, be it one lungers or old farm tractors, especially the steam. His demise leaves an irreparable breach in the ranks of Northwest hobbyists ones like Charlie come along about once in every 100 years.

Goodbye Friend, we envy you in your new 'Home up there'.

Submitted by Rodney M. Pitts, Route 2, Box 52, Silverton, Oregon 97381.

CLARENCE JOHNSON, 71, of Wyoming, Illinois died January 8, 1975 in Florida, where he was vacationing. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Old Threshers Association of Iowa, and a friend of many. He kept his steam engine, Advance, at Mt. Pleasant for many years until sold last year after the show.

Submitted by his close friend, Lloyd Lehman, 2201 Bloomington Road, East Peoria, Illinois 61611.

PHILIP R. PETERSON, 74, of Ragan, Nebraska departed this life December 31, 1974. He had worked around steam engines and threshers since early boyhood. Steam engines always intrigued him and in 1960 he made a replica of the 65 Case steam engine. He also liked the gas engines. He was a gentleman who had an abundance of talents and love for his fellowman. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He always attended the Antique Engine and Threshers Assn. show held at Bird City, Kansas and the Strat-man Steam Show at Wilcox, Nebraska.

Submitted by Mrs. A. D. Gustafson [daughter]., 5450 Lk. Jessamine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32809.

FRED HUNTINGTON, born 1898 and died January 18, 1975, from R.R. 3, Bloomington, Indiana. He was at various times in his bountiful life a custom thresherman, county surveyor, school teacher and a farmer. Until recently he owned a 19-60 Keck Gonnerman engine which was always an attraction at the fairs and parades in the area. Fred was an avid conservationist and treated the land with great respect. He was a fine example for us all on how to care for and heal the land. Few men have walked the road of life so quietly, yet left such deep footprints. He is deeply missed by all.

Submitted by Michael Lucas, R.R. 5, Bloomington, Indiana 47401.

GUS REASONER, 89, of Shirley, Indiana died August 18, 1974. He ran a threshing machine for 45 years starting in 1901 with a 12 HP C. Aultman Star Engine, No. 4196, then in 1905 bought a 15 HP Case Engine No. 7293 and Case Separator No. 37272. In 1910 he bought a new 20 HP Advance engine and Advance Shredder which he used until 1922 when he bought a new Advance Rumely 20-40 Oil Pull tractor and new Advance Rumely Separator 30-50 which he still owned at the time of his death.

Courtesy of Keith W. Mauzy, R.R. 1, Middletown, Indiana 47356.

DENNIE H. MAGNUSON, Center City, Minnesota, well known throughout the area as collector of historic memorabilia and owner and operator, with his wife, of the 'Yester farm of Memories Museum' died March 27, 1975, at St. Croix Valley Memorial Hospital at the age of 65. Magnuson had been bedridden for several years.

An auctioneer for 33 years, Magnuson was also well known for his ability as an entertainer; he sand, recited, and played an accordion, and acted as Master of Ceremonies at many area gatherings. Magnuson had purchased the old Furuby School House, north of Center City, where he encouraged entertainment and community gatherings which he frequently emceed. This is where Branch No. 1 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association had their meetings.

His lifelong interest was to collect and preserve historic articles. This museum is well known both here and in Sweden, having been written about in more than 30 newspapers and magazines and was a basis of a recent Swedish National Television Network. His Russell steam engine prompted the beginning of the Annual Almelund Threshing Party some 21 years ago and sponsored by the Almelund Volunteer Fire Dept.

Submitted by Gilmar Johnson, Frederic, Wisconsin 54837.


The second, third and last paragraph of the write-up on page 26 of the January-February 1975 Iron-Men Album should be with the photo on page 6 of the March-April 1975. The write-up on page 6 of the March-April 1975 I.M.A. should be with the lower photo on page 26 of the Jan.-Feb. 1975 I.M.A. (The pictures and captions were sent by B. Bryant Young, R.R. 1, Box 704, Dover, Delaware 19901). Our sincere apologies to you Sir!