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Amos F. Brandt, 78, of Bainbridge, R. D. 1, Pennsylvania, died February 5, 1971, at his home. He was a member of the First Church of God, Elizabeth town, Pa. He was head of A. F. Brandt Sons, Hides and Tallow and also operated a threshing business for over forty years.

He was a member of all the steam engine associations in the East. He exhibited his new Huber at many of the shows. Sent in by his wife, Mrs. A. F. Brandt, Bainbridge, Pa.

Lloyd C. (Curley) McAfee passed away September 25, 1970, at the age of 76. He was a retired farmer and old steam thresherman of the Atlantic, Iowa, area. Mr. McAfee attended many shows in the Iowa and South Dakota area. Sent in by R. D. McLaren, Manilla, Iowa.

Thomas S. Scego of Owensville, Missouri passed away on January 2, 1971, at the age of 86 years and 18 days. He is survived by four brothers. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Holy Name Society. Mr. Scego was a thresherman and sawmill operator most of his life. He was a member of Owensville Threshers Association. Sent in by Ewin C. Schneider, Owensville, Missouri.

Joseph T. Rynda, Steam Engine Joe, 79, died Wednesday, February 17, 1971. Burial was at Montgomery, Minnesota, where he lived for many years. He was the owner of the largest collection of steam traction engines owned by an individual. Steam Engine Joe was the organizer of the Original National Steam Threshing Bee and on October 12, 1941, the first show was held. The organization held a show every year until October 1970. Being a pioneer in the accumulation of steam engines of all kinds, he liked to work with older models, thus adding to the historical effect so well portrayed by the Montgomery Threshing Bee. Sent in by John Hays, St. Paul, Minn.

Mr. Orville Joseph Borton of North Lawrence, Ohio, passed away on February 13, 1971, at the age of 74 years.

He leaves 7 sons, 5 daughters, 34 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Mr. Borton was a licensed steam engineer but had been retired for the past 9 years. He attended several steam shows each year and was a reader of the Iron Men AlbumMagazine.

He is sadly missed by family and friends. Sent in by his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Sidel, North Lawrence, Ohio.

Maurice F. Clouse, aged 72, died October 26, 1970. He was for a long time one of the prominent engineers of the William's Grove and Rough and Tumble Historical Associations. He was a promoter of the origin of the Morrison's Cove Pioneer Power Reunion, planning and backing up all projects. As a young man he spent some harvest seasons as a thresherman. For half a century he operated a woolen mill, knowing and operating all machines, and with his passing this work is stilled for the want of another of his ability. Mr. Clouse preserved much of the past being a great collector of antiques spinning wheels of which both he and his wife could operate.

He was a civic minded man, promoter and instigator of many projects. He is survived by his wife, Hannah, two daughters, Joyce and Carol, six grandchildren, and a brother and sister. He was of the Lutheran faith. Sent in by his wife Hannah, Woodbury, Pa.