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FRANK MILLER, Route l, LaCrosse, Indiana. The death of Frank Miller leaves saddness to many hearts and terminates the expansion of what is perhaps one of Country's largest privately owned museums, which included about 250 old tractors and collectors items of every sort. He was born June 20, 1900, and passed away at his home of a heart attack on January 21, 1968. He was past president of The LaPorte Steam Show. Six members thereof, acted as pall bearers. Funeral services were held on January 24 at the Wiesjahn Funeral Home at Wanatah, with Rev. Joseph Haney officiating and burial at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Indiana. Sent in by Mr. Gilmar Johnson.


Lawrence Lynas, born Aug. 12, 1889, who passed away Jan. 3, 1968. He was one of our faithful workers, always ready to take any job. He leaves us with one thing, of which we are very grateful for. He decided we needed a flag-pole in the center of the ground, and with the help of his wife, Peral, they took some pipe, some rope, an old croquet ball for the top, and some Aluminum paint made one. With help of some of the members it was set up before our show last year. At 10 o'clock each morning, he made sure the flag was hoisted to its top, and lowered each evening at 5 o'clock by the American Legion Post of Elwood.

We, the members will miss Lawrence, hustling along through the grounds doing his part. I, the writer, will not forget him calling me last Nov. asking if he could fire my Case engine once more on the sawmill. On Saturday we sawed walnut lumber all day. He never mentioned he was sick at that time, and neither did I know, that would be the last time, we would work together. Sent in by, Rudolph Shinholt, Secy, of Elwood Historical Club, Inc.

This is sent by Pearl Lynas, in memory of her husband Lawrence. Again the Angel of death has entered and taken from us, one of our members. We are grieved by his departure, and in solemn accord we give thanks, that we had the privilege of having him as a member of our Club, and as a friend. We shall always remember him as he really was, a true friend, who was dependable, and always willing to help. But he grew tired, and weary, so it was time for him to rest. Thru an open gate at the end of the road, we each must go alone, and there in a light, we cannot see, Our Father claims his own. Beyond that gate our loved ones finds happiness and rest. So there is comfort in the thought, that a loving God knows best. He giveth and He taketh away. By Pearl Lynas, Vice Pres. of the Ladies Auxiliary, of the Elwood Historical Club, Inc. Elwood, Ind.

F. J. FREIMUTH, of Torrington, Wyoming, passed away October 19, 1967, at the age of 75. He was very active with his Case '65' Engine, taking part in many, many county fair parades, several American Legion Convention parades, and just about any other occasion 'to fire-up' the old engine. He was the prime 'commencer' for a large threshing bee held on his farm in 1959, using the Case Engine, his Case Threshing Machine, and threshing oats bound up with his Case Grain Binder. Suffice to say, Mr. Freimuth and his Engine held a high state of popularity in the Community and the surrounding area.

Sent in by Mr. Gene F. Arp.

The members of the Elwood Historical Club, Inc., mourn the loss of three of their members, in less than one year. In memory of Walter Carr, who was 83 years of age, and had been made an Honorary Member of the Elwood Historical Club, passed away on April 9, 1967.

Robert J. Jackley, age 61, passed a-way Sept. 4, 1967. Bob, as we all called him, borrowed a Public Address System, from a minister in Elwood and mounted it in his Cadillac, the speaker on top of the car, Announced who was and what we were doing at our first threshing bee;

This was on the Harold Wilburn farm north of Elwood, Ind. We had two engines, a 22 hp. Keck-Gonnerman owned by Mr. Wilburn, a 40 hp. Case, owned by Rudolph Shinholt, of Jonesboro, Ind. and a 22' Case Separator, owned by J. Scott Campbell, R.R. 4, Elwood. The year 1959. No club yet.

From this event, Bob, and others of those present that day, we decided to organize a club. In early spring of 1960, we did so. Bob, became a charter member, and was elected our first President, and M.C. This job he held each year, and was also elected Vice Pres. in 1967. We, the members, will miss his clear and pleasant voice over the Microphone.

He was an Under-taker, in Elwood, and furnished one of his ambulances for any emergency, for which we are thankful in not having had to use.

Sent in by, Rudolph Shinholt, Secy. of the CLUB.

Matt Ludwig died at the Veterans Hospital at Wood, Wisconsin March 4th, 1968 after ailing for about two years.

Matt was born on a farm south of Union Grove, Wisconsin on May 8th, 1890. He served in the Army during World War 1 and saw quite a bit of action. He was a thresherman in his neighborhood for over forty years. He spent some of his younger years as an engineer in North Dakota.

In his collection he had five steam engines, a saw mill, gas tractors and quite a few small gasoline engines.

Matt was well known and liked to attend steam engines shows. His greatest enjoyment was to go to Justin Hingtgen's show and fire the 110 Case pulling the fourteen bottom plow.

Sent in by Clarence Mirk, 2362 No. 85th Street, Wauwatosa, Wis. 53226.

Samuel R. Redd, a descendent of one of the first families to settle in Fallow-field Twp., died in Washington Hospital, Pa. on February 22, 1968. He lived at Maple Creek Road, Fallowfield Twp., Charleroi, Pa. R.D. 2.

He was born in Twilight Borough on May 25, 1896, and had been a resident of Fallowfield Twp. for many years. He was a former road supervisor for 18 years and former owner of Redd's Beach. He supplied and hauled water from the wells on his farm to homes in the surrounding area. He also drilled water wells.

Mr. Redd was a member of Grace Methodist Church and a life member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Charleroi Aerie. He was also a member of the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Inc.

He was the owner of a 110 H.P. Case traction engine and a Size 3 Steam Traction Keystone Well Driller, and had exhibited them at recent reunions of the steam engine association at Burgettstown, Pa.

Among survivors is Dean E. Redd, also fo Fallowfield Twp., a nephew, who is an active member and exhibitor of the steam engine association.

Sent in by Paul F. Crow.

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