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HOWARD N. GEISINGER, age 79, died suddenly in his home at Kutztown, Pennsylvania on October 20, 1991. He was the husband of Elda (Adam) Geisinger. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Lillian, wife of Paul Diehl of Trexlertown, Pennsylvania and sons Richard H. and Ray I. both of Kutztown, Pa.

Howard was a co-founder of the Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival and its historian since 1949. He displayed his engines and demonstrated farm tools and machinery there.

He was a co-founder of the Iron Men Album magazine and contributed many articles of interest to that magazine. He was a charter member and vice president of the Antique Engine Tractor and Toy Club since its beginning.

Howard loved to tinker with his engines at many shows and was always ready to offer advice on matters relating to engines. One could always learn something from Howard. He loved hit and miss engines dearly and owned a fine collection of them.

Howard will be missed by his family and all who ever met him throughout the many activities that he was involved in.

Submitted by Mr. Franklin T. Pfeifly, RD #2, Box 2870, New Tripoli, PA 18066..

MERVIN B. GRUBB (GRUBBIE) passed away June 8, 1991, at the age of 74 in Steelton, Pennsylvania. Amos Brandt, his uncle, taught him to operate steam engines and threshing machines at an early age and he would help steam tobacco beds in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

He saw his dream fulfilled of owning a steam traction engine in 1968 when he became the owner of a double cylinder Frick. Several years later he sold this engine and purchased a 1928 Peerless which was named 'Ole Puff', the very last Peerless ever built. The entire family helped to operate Ole Puff for 16 years. When Grubbie became ill in 1988, he sold Ole Puff to Mr. Charles Doty who took her to Iowa. Grubbie missed owning an engine so he purchased a 1924 Frick. This engine remained in the family until his death when it was sold at auction.

Grubbie exhibited his engines in Pennsylvania at Stewartstown, Gratz, Blain, Kinzers, Jacktown, Dillsburg, Carlisle and Williams Grove, which he called home. He also exhibited in Acadia and Westminster, MD. Grubbie was a member and former Director of the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, the Old Timers Association in Kinzers, Pennsylvania and the Latimore Valley Gas and Steam Association.

Grubbie will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends he made throughout the years.

Submitted by Richard Vinsky, 2902 S. Third Street, Steelton, PA 17113.

JAMES M. STIFFLER, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, died March 19, 1991, age 79. He was a long time friend of mine. He owned a 1916 50 HP Case traction engine, a beauty in mint shape. He showed it at Williams Grove Steam Show, Morrison Cove Show, and also at Nittany Valley, Pennsylvania. He was a good machinist. He was employed for many years at Home Dressed Meat Company, Altoona, PA, and also by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Atlantic Pipeline.

I helped Jim buy his Case engine many years ago. He will be deeply missed by his many friends.

Submitted by Arthur F. Marker, 300 Bella Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.