Our family became acquainted with BILL WARD of Wichita, Kansas in 1984. Bill loved steam engines, and his dream was to own and operate one. Since a full sized one was out of the question, Bill began working on a scale model, which he proudly displayed at our annual steam show, as well as taking it elsewhere for everyone's enjoyment. Bill was usually the first to fire up in the morning and the last to shut down.
In May of 1990 Bill became ill and had to curtail his activities. He took treatments for several months and seemed to rally round. He felt so much better, that he came out for days before the show and assisted with whatever he could. During the show he entered every race, shelled corn, plus whatever else he could think of to do with his model. After the show he returned to assist with clean-up. It seemed he did not want to leave any unfinished business.
In December 1990, Bill's earthly business was finished. I guess the Lord needed another assistant engineer up in Heaven.
Bill's smiling face will be missed by all those who knew him. Thanks, Bill, for all the memories.
Submitted by Tom, Lois, and Aaron Terning, R.R. #3, Box 184, Valley Center, KS 67147.
JOE R. POINDEXTER of Montgomery City, Missouri, passed away suddenly at his home, May 27, 1991. Joe was very active in the steam world. One of the original founders, past president and charter member of Montgomery County Old Threshers Show, he devoted much time and work and was very fond of Baker engines. He had two Bakers and built a very fine model. He was a man of great knowledge and talent, and could repair anything that went wrong with a steam engine or thresher or saw mill.
When he built his fine model of a Baker engine, he got his dream and wish fulfilled. It was his plan to have a Baker engine and a Keck-Gonner-man separator; he said that made a good outfit. He had a 1904 Counter Flow 20 HP and a 1921 21-75 Uniflo, both in excellent condition. They needed lots of work when he got them, but it didn't take him long to put them in tip top shape. He was an expert on setting Baker valves and other valves, too. He said he would have liked to have had the chance to open the throttle on one of Union Pacific's big boys. I think he would have done a fine job of it.
Joe was a Christian man and said the good Lord was his conductor. He knew one day he would open the throttle for his Heavenly home, where we believe he has completed a safe and happy journey.
Submitted by Bob Hart, Box 207, Perry, MO 63462
ARTHUR G. KENT, of Athens, Illinois died November 26, 1990 at age 94. Mr. Kent was born in River-ton and lived in Wisconsin for many years. He returned to Illinois, residing there for 52 years.
He worked as a railroad engineer, in custom thrashing, and as a law officer. After moving to Illinois, he engaged in farming, water and coal hauling and was a self-employed heavy equipment operator.
He married Irene Eades in Springfield in 1936. Mr. Kent was a charter member of the Prairie Land Heritage Museum Association of Jacksonville.
There was an article in IMA, May-June issue, about his selling his two engines to the Haley Brothers of Odell, Illinois. I made the sale for Mr. Kent, since he was in poor health. He also had a 33' Russell Ward threshing machine.
Surviving are his wife, Irene, two daughters, five grandchildren, one stepdaughter, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Sent to us by Donald Werth, Rt. 3, Box 105, Lincoln, IL 62656.
RUSSELL E. CADE of Monticello, Illinois, passed away October 25, 1990 at the age of 70. Russ was an active member of the Douglas County Historical Steam Festival at Arcola, Illinois and was invaluable in both steam and gasoline expertise. His willingness to help other fellow enthusiasts, young and old, will always be remembered by his friends and acquaintances.
Having served in Germany during World War II, Russ never knew the meaning of 'it can't be done' and proved to others that matters of seemingly insurmountable odds could be conquered. As a result of his example, others were compelled to follow his lead.
Russ always engineered the 80 HP Case at the Arcola Steam Festival and we know that he stands on the platform of eternity with the great engineer of the heavens and that he had always followed in his everyday life. We will miss you Russ.
Submitted by Fred Nolan, Co Sponsor, Douglas County Historical Steam Festival, Arcola, IL.