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JOSEPH F. SELLY, 81, of rural St. Peter died March 1,1989. Joe had been an active member of Scott-Carver Threshers near Jordan, Minnesota, for about the last twenty years.

Joe is survived by his wife, Eileen, and his two sons, Franklin and Frederick, and his brother, Peter.

Joe's favorite pastime was operating his 1915 Advance steam engine. Joe served on the Scott-Carver Board of Directors for years and will be sadly missed by all.

Submitted by Ken & Dee Scott, Box 317, Mound, Minnesota 55364.

HERMAN PICKENS, 76, of Logansport, Indiana passed away March 23, 1989.

He retired in 1974 from Logansport Machine Company after 34 years of service. He also was a retired farmer. Herman was a life-member of the Battle Ground Historical Corporation, Fulton County Historical Society and Tippecanoe Historical Association.

At one time, he owned and operated a 1923 23-90 Baker steam engine. Herman loved to go to steam shows and antique auctions.

A good friend was lost when Herman passed away.

Submitted by c R 4, Box 40A, Logansport, Indiana 46947.

'It is very hard to write a few short lines about a man whose life was filled with such ambition and enjoyment as BOB HUGHES, Blooming-ton, Indiana, but I would like for all the readers to get a small understanding of the man we all lost on February 23, 1989.

'Little did Bob know, as a child, the tools and machinery he and his family made a living with later would become his toys and hobby. Working as a machinist and mechanic for Bloomington Limestone for over 40 years, he had the skill and knowledge to restore old tractors and steam engines to immaculate condition, starting with a scale Keck-Gonnerman steam engine. Many times before his retirement in 1978, you could find him in his shop working (playing) until 10:30 or 11:00 p.m.

'A member and director of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Rushville, Indiana, for over 25 years, Bob and wife, Margie Perry, spent many days traveling southern Indiana and surrounding states looking for everything from steam engines, old tractors, shingle mills, to even an old bevel siding saw. He said so many times, of all the old machinery he had, he was the proudest of his 1924, 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman steam engine, which always looked like it had just come off a showroom floor.

'Many people came from miles around, not only to visit, but to have questions answered, and even work done on their old tractors, steam engines, etc. He was known as 'the steam engine doctor' and often made house calls. He was featured in the Iron Men Album as the 'Iron Man of the Month' in the November/ December 1973 issue.

He could sit and tell stories about the 'good ole days' that would even keep a small child content. Yet, with a life so full of vigor and enthusiasm, he still had the time and love for his family. The whole family was deeply touched when over 500 people attended his funeral services. What a man! Gone, but not forgotten!'

Written by Steve Barnes, Grandson, 1550 South Maxwell St., Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Submitted by Marjorie Ross, Treasurer, Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, P.O. Box 44, Paragon, Indiana 46166. Phone 317-537-2367.