MRS. ALLARD PETERSON, 66, Eland, Wisconsin, died recently in Wausau Hospital. She was a former member of the North Central Wisconsin Steam and Gas Engine Club Her surviving husband is a well-known writer of early Central Wisconsin history and other stories of early farming days. She will be missed by all those who knew her.
RAYMOND L. ARNOLD of Cavalier, North Dakota, passed away April 4, 1983, at the age of 81. For many years Raymond and his two brothers were always at every threshing show in the area always thinking and talking tractors, both gas and steam. They also used them for many years on their farm plowing, threshing and on the saw mill. Raymond had served in the U.S. Navy for four years during WW II. He was a quiet man and if he liked you, you had a friend. He will be missed by many of them.
Submitted by W. O. Krumwiede, Voltaire, North Dakota 58792.
CURTIS R. SAWYER, 71, died February 11, 1983. He was a farmer for many years. He was a retired employee of Lancaster Fairfield Hospital for 16 years. He was engineer at Kings Island steam train, member of Miami Valley Steam Threshers, the Railroad Museum at Worthington and member of the Lancaster-Glen ford Antique Car and Steam Association.
Submitted by his wife, Mary Sawyer, Box 36, Stouts Ville, Ohio 43154.
RALPH W. (POLLY) LEIST, 80, died January 20, 1983. He was a retired 28-year boiler fireman at the Pick away County Court House. He served as court bailiff, Deputy Sheriff and served on the police force. He was a WW II veteran, a member of Hall-Adkins Post of American Legion, member of Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, member of the National American Trap Shooting Association and member of the National Rifle Association.
Submitted by Mary Sawyer, Box 36, Stoutsuille, Ohio 43154.
OSCAR E. BUESCHER of Edwardsville, Illinois, passed away April 6, 1983 at the age of 76. Oscar was born May 8, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri.
For many years he had a trucking business, threshing, clover hauling, and saw milling. he operated and owned a number of different makes of traction engines. He also worked as engineer for Chicago Northwestern railroad until he retired in January of 1963. He was a member of the BLE of Locomotive Engineers. He served as Tax Collector in Pin Oak Township for 24 years. He was one of the early subscribers to the Iron Men Album, when it was called 'Farm Album.'
Due to a long illness, he was not able to run his engines; but Oscar always enjoyed talking about steam. Oscar will be missed by his family and many friends in steam land.
Submitted by W. Hartge, Edwardsville, Illinois.
Another member of the Old Guard has been lost to the live steam fraternity with the passing of WAYLAID G. (Willie) WORDEN on March 25, 1983.
Willie died peacefully in his sleep at his home in La Cresenta, California, suffering from a massive heart attack. He was a devoted live steam man, born in Buffalo, New York in 1915, and was bitten by the steam bug at the tender age of eight by being allowed to operate a full-size steam road roller by a friendly engineer.
He was a charter member of the Los Angeles Live Steamers, but allowed his active membership to lapse in later years due to other interests and health reasons. He built and operated many steam projects in his lifetime, including a beautifully detailed live steam electrical generating plant, which he displayed for a number of years at the Live Steam grounds in Griffith Park.
Willie spent much of his life as a Radio and Television engineer, the last twenty years or so on Mt. Wilson, North of Pasadena, CA., as transmitter engineer at KHJ, Channel 9. He retired about 1978, vowing to clean up his shop and get going on his projects. He accomplished many things in the years of his retirement, but, of course, a lot of projects were not completed. But as the Poet said, 'The strings of life are never tied completely.'
An accomplished machinist, a good friend with an unsuppressable sense of humor, and a man it was a privilege to know. That was Willie. We miss him.
Submitted by Paul Holton.
NORRIS L. CHAMBERS of Easton, Maryland died on March 9, 1983 at the age of 77.
Mr. Chambers was a charter member and vice-president of the; Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Association, Inc. at the time of his death.
He had always been a dedicated) member and enjoyed taking part in parades as well as helping exhibit equipment at various functions. He was always able and ready to lend a hand when needed. He was seen often during the summer months cutting grass at the Association's show grounds.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, who supported him in many projects and was always by his side helping when she could.
Mr. Chambers will be greatly missed, although fond memories will remain.
Submitted by Brenda Layton, Secretary, Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Association, lnc