LYLE W. SMITH, 65 passed away at his home November 19,1985 after a long bout with cancer. He retired from General Motors New Departure Hyatt Division, Sandusky, Ohio February 1, 1982.
Lyle had a loving passion for steam engines and saw mills. He owned several stationary and traction engines as well as saw mills.
Mr. Smith's love for steam goes back to when he was a young boy and helped his grandfather and father Lloyd F. Smith with their threshing saw rig around the Collins area.
In 1979 Lyle and the late Clyde F. (Mac) Mc Callister sawed the siding for a century old barn that was erected on the Huron County Fair Grounds Heritage Area in Norwalk, Ohio.
Mr. Smith enjoyed going to several steam conventions yearly. Once steam is in your blood it's there for good. He will be sadly missed by many friends and family.
Submitted by his loving wife Dorothy.
DENNIS E. AMES, age 52, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died of an apparent heart attack while at work December 20, 1985
Denny was an active member of the Scott-Carver Old Threshers at Jordan, Minnesota, and a nephew of Ermin Morrell, the founder of the Scott-Carver Steam and Gas Engine Festival.
After Ermie's death, Denny became the proud and happy owner of Ermie's 1895 Advance steam engine that he exhibited each year at the Threshers' Festival.
Denny is sadly missed by his wife Imogene, his daughters Cheryl and Mary, his son Gary, his brother Kent, and all the Scott-Carver Threshers. Denny was the kind of guy who had a kind word and big smile for everyone.
Submitted by Dee Scott, Box 317, Mound, MN 55364.
CHARLES S. PENCE, age 57, of Bonnieville, Kentucky died Friday, November 29, 1985 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, after a short illness. He was born in Hart County, Kentucky December 11, 1927. He was a member of the Bonnieville Baptist Chuch and the Bonnieville Masonic Lodge No. 851.
Charlie started firing for his father, Mr. Jim Pence, who ran a sawmill in Hart County for many years. His father's last steam engine to power the mill was a 50 HP Case. Charlie's love and knowledge of the steam engine continued to grow. Over the years he owned several steam traction engines, including a 9 HP Case and a 40 HP Case. He was also employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad for a while.
In 1958 he helped organize and became president of the Old Southern Steam Engineers of Kentucky which held their annual steam show in Bonnieville for several years.
At the time of his death he was self-employed, doing custom sawing and dozer work.
Charlie was a true steam man and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed by scores of friends.
Submitted by a friend, Thomas G. Lee, Route 3, Box 61, Calhoun, KY 42327.
Arthur Bickel of Virden, Illinois, passed away on December 17,1985. He was a member and active participant of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and of the Prairie Land Heritage Museum of South Jacksonville, Illinois. He had entertained many years with various musicians playing his 'Rhythm Stick' at steam shows throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. He received an Old Thresherman award from Midwest Old Threshers at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1985.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Esther Bickel of Virden, Illinois; one daughter, Mrs. Paul (June) Hall of Chatham, Illinois; four grand children Herschel Hall of Overland, Missouri, Michael Hall of Chatham, Illinois, Mrs. Shirley Nicoll of Springfield, Illinois, Philip Hall of Nil wood, Illinois and seven great grandchildren.
Submitted by his grandson, Herschel E. Hall, 2540 Woodson Rd., Overland, Missouri 63114.
In our January-February issue, we printed news of the passing of LEVI WOODRUFF HUFF on the Golden Roll. We incorrectly stated that the information had been submitted by his daughter, Lynn. The information was in fact submitted by his son Lynn, we apologize for our error.