FRANK W. STARK, Billings, Missouri, passed away February 13, 1978 at the age of 78. For many years, he had threshed, hulled clover and graded roads with steam in and around the Billings area. In later years, he used gas tractors but never lost his love for steam.
At the time of his death, he owned a 20-40 Model G Oil Pull and a 20 HP Advance Rumely Steam Engine.
He was a charter member of the Ozark Steam Engine Association, Springfield, Missouri and he enjoyed all engine shows very much and made as many as his health would permit.
Dad was a retired farmer and businessman, having been the dealer for John Deere equipment and Belle City threshers.
He enjoyed all steam engine magazines and had a complete collection of the Iron Men Album. Lovingly submitted by his family.
LLOYD B. PAHLMAN of Charity Acres Farm, Easton, Maryland, passed away at Easton Memorial Hospital on March 28, 1978 at the age of 73.
Mr. Pahlman worked as a mechanic in his early life. In the early 1930s he founded the Talbot Lumber Manufacturing Company, a sawmill operation, which he still headed at the time of his death.
In the late 1940s he expanded into agriculture, forming Pahlman Farm Enterprises, and was president of this corporation.
Mr. Pahlman was a charter member and vice president of the Eastern Shore Threshermen's Association. During the show he operated the sawmill and used his double cylinder Frick steam engine for wheat threshing.
He also displayed his Titan gas tractors and 1926 Dodge car, and took part in many other activities of the association.
In addition, he used his steam engine to power the wheat threshing at the annual Delaware State Fair.
Each September Mr. Pahlman held a threshing bee on his farm in Easton. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Submitted by James C. Frampton, 114 Prospect Avenue, Easton, Maryland 21601.
HAROLD T. PARISH, SR., of Madison Center, Michigan died March 8th, 1978 at Bradenton, Florida, where he and his wife lived during the winter months. He and his son, Harold, Jr., who preceded him in death, operated a grain elevator and trucking business. As a hobby, they had a Frick Steam traction engine and a Huber steam traction engine and several antique tractors which they enjoyed taking to the National Threshers Association shows.
Submitted by a friend, Laurel D. Runals, La Grange, Ohio 44050.
CHESTER DUNHAM of Foxwarren, Manitoba, Canada, died suddenly in his home last fall, 1977. The day he passed away, he just finished restoring a gas tractor. All that was left was the painting. Chester had worked with steam engines since his childhood. He fired his father's 15 HP Case portable in 1920. His dad bought a 25-75 Cock o' the Marsh in 1924, then a Sawyer Massey in 1928. He was in charge of the engines. They threshed with steam up until World War II, gave up due to lack of help. He then bought a 'D' John Deere. He had also moved a large house with a steam engine. Chester gave his willing help to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, Manitoba since 1966. He looked after the 25-75 Nichols & Shepard. He restored the road roller. Last summer, after the show, he helped clean up for the winter. He did very well for his age. Chester will certainly be missed by us at the museum.
Submitted by Bob McMillan, Box 52, Miami, Manitoba, Canada R0G 1H0.
CARL HENRY NETZER of Billings, Missouri passed away November 17, 1977 at the age of 73. He was a member of Branch 16 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association and the Ozark Steam Engine Association of Springfield, Missouri and was very active in both clubs up to the time of his death. He was always ready to do his share to put on a show. Carl owned several gas tractors at the time of his death, and he will be greatly missed.
Submitted by Charles A. Stark, Route 2, Box 167A, Republic, Missouri 65738.
ELLIS A. WILEY, 72, of 6181 Morning Road, N.E., Mechanics-town, died at Salem Community Hospital, December 26th, following a short illness. Mr. Wiley was born in North Washington, Pa., July 22, 1905. Among his accomplishments were his installation of steam pipes and boiler as part of the Carroll County Historical Society's restoration of the Algonquin Mill at Petersburg. He will be sadly missed by friends and family.
Submitted by Mrs. Ellis A. Wiley, 6181 Morning Road, N.E. Mechanicstown, Ohio 44651.
OLIVER F. KESLER of Alameda, California died on March 1,1978. He was an avid steam and gas engine fan and enthusiastically attended our California and Oregon Steam-Ups and Gas-Ups and Swap Meets and was a member of Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Branch 13, Sacramento, California. He built several steam water tube boilers and steam engines of 3 to 5 HP that were highly efficient and operational and he was an expert welder by profession and livelihood.
He still had a few of the gas 'chuggers' that we used to take to the shows here in California and all who knew Oliver knew they had to perform with precision and dependability. I never knew him when he had his motorcycles, but many have told me he was never one to eay anyone else's dust and rode them up into his 65th year of life. His automobile of late years, in which we attended the activities, is a 1957 Ford with a high performance 404 racing engine and which he kept tuned up to a perfection and ready to go at all times. Yes, Oliver will be sadly missed.
Submitted by Wilbur A. Shaar, 1429 Benton Street, Alameda, California 94501.
CHARLES 'SHORTY' SCHENCK of Pompano Beach, Florida died February 27,1978 at age 77. Charley was a long time member and former board member of the Gold Coast Railroad Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Charley 'fixed up' the Case steam traction engine, faithfully, at the Gold Coast, every Sunday, rain or shine, for many years. He was born and reared in the Middlesboro, Ohio area. 'Shorty' (also called 'Dink' by many friends and relatives) started helping around steam engines at the age of 9. His 'first love' among steam engines was the 'Bolser,' which he ran as a young man for uncles and other relatives in Ohio. He enjoyed his Iron Men Album immensely.
Submitted by a Gold Coast Railroad Club member and friend of 'Charley' Fred Neumann, 1099 Southwest 4th Street, Boca Raton, Florida 33432.
GEORGE LOOMIS of Mondovi, Wisconsin, passed away in December, 1977. He was one of the best steam engine men I have seen operate the big engines. He bought and restored several steam engines, gas engines and old tractors. In earlier years he operated the steam engines for the threshing crews in the West. He also had a museum at his rural home in which he had many antiques on display and also 'steamed up' his engines for the enjoyment of the museum visitors. I know he will be missed not only by his family, but by all his steam friends.
Submitted by a friend, C. J. Woychik, Whitehall, Wisconsin.
ROBERT TINGLE, 52, of Shelbyville, Indiana died unexpectedly last January during the great blizzard. He suffered a heart attack while trying to walk to his shop at the height of the storm.
Bob was a popular member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana and was a past director in the club. For many years he helped with the sawmill. Two years ago, Bob finished his fine model of a Reeves engine and brought it to Rushville. He was an avid collector of antiques and owned the Tingle Manufacturing Company which made muzzle loading guns.
Bob was a great friend to all who knew him. He will be missed by all this summer.
Submitted by Jerry Moorman, R. R. 6, Box 159, Greensburg, Indiana 47240.