ROY H. JOHNSON of Chagrin Falls, Ohio passed away November 18, 1988 following a long history of heart problems.
Roy was born into a Winnipeg, Manitoba railroad family. He was always interested in model building and steam engines--two interests he brought together in a life long hobby of building model steam engines.
Roy's first model locomotives were 0-gauge electric trains. At the time of his death, Roy was building a ?' 4-4-0 American 'Virginia'. His most well known achievement was his ?' live steam model of the 'Timken,' the 4-8-4 American Locomotive Co. Engine originally built in 1930. The McKinley Museum in Canton, Ohio now has the model of 'The Four Aces', as she is better known, on permanent display.
Roy Johnson was the man who first introduced me to steam engines as well as the machine shop arts when I was a teenager.
He was always around to help anyone with a steam engine problem, be it tips on how to make a part, how to time an engine, or whatever.
Roy is survived by his wife Nouritza of Chagrin Falls and by numerous family members and friends in the U.S. and Canada. Steamers everywhere mourn his passing.
Submitted by Ralph Najarian, 35 Pueblitos Rd., Belen, NM 87002.
VINCENT E. 'PETE' Peterson, of Peoria,1 Illinois died November 30, after a brief illness. Pete was 80, and his interest in steam engines went back more than 40. As a child, I attended the Mount Pleasant, Iowa and Pontiac, Illinois steam shows with him. Since his retirement in 1976, he had been very active with our local steam engine and collector, Dick Herm.
Submitted by his son, David Peterson, 727 Eleanor Place, Peoria, IL 61604.
BETTY J. WILLIAMS, a member of the Maine Antique Gas Engine Association of Maine, New York passed away suddenly on November 28, 1988 at age 61.
She was a very active member in our club and always there to lend a helping hand wherever needed. She had such a bubbly spirit that she was an inspiration for all of us.
She leaves behind her husband, Carl and their two sons, and many, many close friends everywhere. The Williams attended many shows everywhere.
She will be sorely missed for a long time by all of us, and especially at our shows, where she was so active, along with her husband, Carl. I submit this verse from her memorial, which seems appropriate:
God hath not promised skies always blue
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through
God hath not promised sun without rain
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day
Rest for the labor, light for the way
Grace for the trials, help from above
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
Submitted by her close friend and fellow club member, Ernest Pease, R.D. #2, Box 160, Harpersuille, NY 13787.
GILBERT VAESSEN, Sublette, Illinois passed away on Thanksgiving Day. He was born on Memorial Day in 1906 and 'cut his teeth' on a Waterloo Boy tractor back in the early teens and twenties.
The family first had a Little Bull and then got a Big Bull tractor back in the teens. They got an Ottawa corn sheller and the Bull tractor was 'no good' and could not handle it, so they bought a Waterloo Boy and they were so well pleased they got another one. I remember one time when Gilbert changed a crankshaft in a Waterloo Boy, starting early in the morning, and by noon he had it together and running and plowed all afternoon with no problems or trouble. Those boys were mechanics.
Gilbert Vaessen was a nice fellow all his life, and I knew him since the early twenties. He told me once that they wanted to buy a Hart-Parr tractor back in the mid 1920's, but they had an uncle who had a Hart-Parr '30' and no way could they have the same thing he had, so they bought another Waterloo Boy 'N' with auto steering. The next time they got a new tractor their father gave the 5 boys a vote. Three of them wanted a McCormick-Deering 15-30 and two of them wanted a Hart-Parr 18-36, so they got the 15-30. Later on they got their Hart-Parr anyhow in spite of that uncle.
Submitted by Everett G. Althaus, 706 Pennsylvania Ave., Mendota, Illinois 61342.
WILLIAM 'BILL' HUMPHREVILLE, age 87, passed to the 'Land of the Golden Whistles' on October 15, 1988 after a long illness. He was born on November 25, 1901 and is survived by his wife, Agnes, whom he married in 1924 and one son. (One son preceeded him in death.) Bill was retired from the Y. & O. Coal Company.
Bill was a charter member of the Stump town Steam Threshers and was on the board for directors of 12 years. In 1973, he was selected as the 'Thresherman of the Year'. Bill exhibited his 1921 16 HP Russell as long as he was able and the last couple of years he powered the corn meal machine at the show.
He was a wizard in putting in flues. He was a small man in size and could get into the smoke box to cut out the old flues and install the new ones without any problems.
Bill will be missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by William Flowers, Sec, Stump town Steam Threshers, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio 43901.
STEVEN E. SHEFFIELD of Paris, Missouri answered the call of the 'Golden Whistle' November 12, 1988 at the age of 18 years.
Steve was very active in the steam world. He was a faithful exhibitor and was an excellent engineer. He was an active worker and exhibitor at the Paris Show, and at Midwest Old Threshers Show at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
To us old engineers who knew him, he was more like a son than a friend, and will be sadly missed. Steve had devoted much of his time on his hobby, always doing his best. In school he had been active in basketball, football and track. His good friend, Mr. Ralph Leving died before him on Sept. 1, 1988. May our sympathy be with their families.
Submitted by Bob Hart, Box 207, Perry, Missouri 63462.