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CLARENCE MARVIN Mc GEORGE aged 74, died after a six month illness October 22, 1976. He was active in the Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Show held at Middle Lancaster for many years, and also at the antique section of New Castle Fair. His ten H.P. Russell Portable made a nice match for the shingle mill at both shows. Failing health had cut his participation the past years, but he still attended the local show this summer. He was a well-known visitor, too, at Stumptown,  NTA-Wauseon, Ohio, Canfield Fair, and Meadville. He was a retired engineer off the PRR and Aliquippa and Southern Railroads, and so his passing deprives us of knowledge and experience which cannot be replaced in addition to his friendship.

Submitted by Thomas G. Downing, President, Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association.

FRANK SOMMER, 71, of Route 2, Edgar, Wisconsin died October 29, 1976 at the Hospital in Marshfield, after a long illness. He had a lot of old equipment which he displayed at shows and was a member of the local steam and gas club.

Submitted by Gerald Jacobson, 212 South Cedar Avenue, Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449.

JAMES WHITBEY, 78, originator of the Old Time Thresher & Saw Mill Operators Show, Ind. died in St. Joseph's Hospital August 2. He lived in Fort Wayne from 1932 until moving to his northwest Allen County Farm in 1945. He was a veteran of World War I and worked 42 years as an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Thresher & Sawmill Operators Show began on his farm at Johnson and Carroll Roads in 1950 and this year's show was held two weeks after his death according to his wishes.

Submitted by his wife, Mrs. James H. Whitbey, R.R. 13, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808.

DARRELL K. WILLIAMS age 69 years, New Castle, Pennsylvania, died after a brief illness September 30, 1976. He was a very active and valuable member of Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association Show at Portersville, Pennsylvania and was one of the original members and a member of the Corporation's Board of Directors since it was established. He was a hard worker, a faithful friend, a loved father and husband in addition to being a talented steam man and a wonderfully talented mechanic and pipe fitter. His tools and parts were always available for the use of his many friends along with help and advice. He will be greatly missed by the show and community for many, many years.

Submitted by Thomas G. Downing, President, Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association.

JOHN M. MALSCH, Genoa City, Wisconsin was born May 4, 1903 and died October 6, 1976. John was elected president of The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club for 3 consecutive years, 1969 to 1972. In October 1974 he was elected vice president serving under Maurice Grimwood. When Maurice passed away in February 1975 he again took over the presidency serving until September 1976. He chose not to run for director again due to failing health but his passing came as a shock two weeks later. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and steam club members. He put in countless hours for the steam club driving down from Genoa City, Wis. to the show grounds at Sycamore, Ill. and was a familiar figure around the sawmill during the steam show each year.

Submitted by Kathleen Levine, Secy., Northern Illinois Steam Power Club.

LAD J. SKOCPOL, 84, of Crete, Nebraska died November 11, 1976 after nearly a year's illness. A retired gunsmith, he also farmed in his earlier years. He was a lover of steam. He started out as water boy for Anton Vrbsky of Wilber, Nebraska in 1911 (see Nov.-Dec. IMA page 9). From 1913 until combines took over in the late 30s he ran steamers for Mr. Vrbsky, Joe Kovarik and Joe Vrbsky - threshing wheat, oats and barley all over Saline County, Nebraska. In his later years, he really enjoyed the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Steam Show.

Submitted by his son, Charles L. Skocpol, 708 Lorrie Drive, Richardson, Texas 75080.

EARNEST J. HOFFER, 71, of Toledo, Ohio died December 17, 1976. He worked for the Nabisco Company for 35 years, retiring in 1970. He was president of the National Threshers Association. Also founder and past president of the Toledo, Lake Erie and Western Railroad known as 'The Bluebird Special.'

Submitted by his wife, Mrs. Ilva Hoffer, 444 Starr Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43605.


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