HERBERT L. (HUBB) SPENCER of Fairview, Tennessee, a charter member and one of the first Directors of the Tenn.-Ky. Threshermen's Ass'n died suddenly of a heart attack on June 30, 1972. He was truly an Iron-Man. He had operated steam engines and threshers since a child. One of his first jobs was running a 16-60 Nichols & Shepard engine pulling a rock crusher for the city of Nashville, Tennessee. He had owned several makes of engines including a 25 HP Advance compound, but his favorite was the Russell. He compiled a book on the Russell Company with pictures and descriptions of all the machinery Russell made from the beginning. He had a 12 HP Russell which was his pride and joy that he always ran at the Threshermen's Annual Show. He had many parts and when someone else would have trouble, Mr. Hubb was right there to help in any way he could. He was a gentleman and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Sent in by Billy Byrd, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS of Kansas City, Missouri passed away May 27, 1972 at the age of 78. He grew up in eastern Kansas during the steam engine era and was always a steam engine fan and attended many of the threshing bees in this vicinity. He owned a filling station and motel and in 1948 set up a miniature train and railroad in his yard, operating it evenings and week-ends for the pleasure of neighborhood children. He also built a diesel model of the Santa Fe Super Chief. Sometimes he used this to pull the train, but most people preferred the steam engine. Advanced age and illness made it necessary to stop operation of the railroad.
Sent in by Haston St. Clair, R. R. 1, Box 140A, Holden, Missouri 64040.
RICHARD GROSZ, R. D. 2, Highway 75 South, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560 died recently.
Sent in by Mrs. Grosz.
CARL C. McCORMACK, 119 North Buhl Farm Dr., Hickory Twp, New Castle, Pennsylvania died in July at the Clepper Convalescent Home, Sharon. He was 87. He was a member of the New York Steam Engine Association.
Sent in by Raymond McCormack, son.
OTIS K. REYNOLDS passed away July 20, 1972. He was a steam enthusiast and enjoyed your book very much.
Sent in by Wayne Reynolds, 9967 Camp Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.
LESLIE DIEDRICH, 67, of 43 N. Park Avenue, Lombard, Illinois died after a short illness at Central DuPage County Hospital, Wednesday, August 30, 1972. A native of the DeKalb Community, he attended schools in this area and was an outstanding athlete at DeKalb Township High School where he graduated in 1925. He farmer ' for several years, was a carpenter ana on-tractor and had been active in real estate and insurance in the Lombard area. He devoted a great amount of time to the Central DuPage County Hospital. His other interests were with the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club and he served as director of the Will County Threshermen for several years.
Sent in by Charles Raymond, 582 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, Illinois 60115.
WM. CHRISTENSEN was killed in an auto accident June 11, 1972.
Sent in by Mrs. I. G. Haugen (daughter), 1430 Madison, Burlington, Iowa.
JOHN S. KAUFFMAN, 74, of Mount Joy, Route 2, died August 7 at General Hospital following an illness of six weeks.
Born in Milton Grove, he was a son of the late John S. and Frances Shenk Kauffman. His wife, Mary M. Dupler Kauffman, died on May 20, 1972.
Kauffman was self-employed, the operator of a sawmill and a thrashing rig. After retirement, he took up painting and striping of antique furniture, steam engines and fire engines, and was well-known for his artistry.
He was a member of the Milton Grove United Methodist Church.
Kauffman held memberships in the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Assn., the Eastern Shore Thrashermen and Collectors Assn. and the Early American Steam Engine and Old Equipment Society.
(The Iron-Men Album has him to thank for designing the cover of the magazine for Rev. Ritzman when it first began. The owner and editor, B. Earlene Ritzman, and staff, wishes to extend sincere sympathy to family).
JOHN W. SHIPLETT, age 72, died August 23, 1972 in Reid Hospital here in Richmond, Indiana after a long illness. He was a 16 year member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana. John was one of the nicest fellows you could ever meet and also one of the finest machinists I ever knew. He loved steam engines and finished the one on the picture in 1970. He called it the 'Cocker'. This is about a 3' scale model and is a beautiful job. John attended many of the local steam engine shows and is sadly missed by family and friends.
Submitted by Donald E. Kelley, 4091 S. W. 'N' St., Richmond, Indiana 47374.