Content Tools

LYNN MIX, 83, Hastings, Michigan, passed away March 3, 1993. He was a journeyman electrician for over 30 years for a local auto parts supplier. He owned three steam traction engines in his lifetime and always kept them up in top shape. He will be remembered for his shingle mill that he and his son operated at several shows and events, but we think he will be best remembered as an extremely hard worker and a fair and honest man.

Lynn was a long time member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club, the Kalamazoo Antique Machinery Club, Charlton Park Steam and Gas Engine Club, and several other antique machinery clubs. He loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles and owned and operated his own dealership for some years.

He touched many lives and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by his son, Larry Mix, P.O. Box 89, Freeport, Michigan 49325 and close friend, David Wachter, Holt, Michigan.

On March 22,1993, DONALD F. WERTH, retired farmer and antique enthusiast, passed away in Springfield, Illinois. He was born June 12, 1913, in rural Lincoln, Illinois, the community in which he resided throughout his life.

He was a founding member of Central States Threshermen's Reunion, Pontiac, Illinois; a lifetime member of Monticello & Sangamon Valley Railway Company, Monticello, Illinois; a member of International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation; member of Prairieland Heritage Museum; member of American Threshermen's Association, Pinckneyville, Illinois; a founding member of River Valley Antique Association, Chillicothe, Illinois; and a member of National Threshers Association. Don loved to follow developments in his past-time occupation, restoring antique farm related equipmentnamely, steam engines and windmills.

In 1989, Don received the Melvin Jones Fellowship from the Lions Club International Foundation, making him one of 20,000 world-wide recipients. The Mt. Pulaski Lions Club sponsored the Fellowship for his 25 years of service to the Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival, where he provided steam for cooking ham and beans with each of the three steam engines he restored and operated over the span.

In 1965, he received the Dan Zehr Award at the Pontiac Reunion, for the restoration of his Harrison Jumbo engine. This engine now resides at Prairieland Heritage Museum, owned by Paul Hall. In 1958, he received an award from the Central States Threshermen for his 1909 Model-T Ford entry. The two other steam engines which he restored are an A.D. Baker and a Keck-Gonnerman, and are among a wide array of other antique farm equipment.

Don is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, and four sons: Tom Sr., Fred, Frank, and Mark.

Submitted by Mary Werth, R.R. 3, Box 105, Lincoln, Illinois 62656.

JOE E. RICHARDSON, 86, passed away May 27, 1993. He was the son of the late Alfred and Mary Hill Richardson and was born January 18, 1907, at Ferdinand, Idaho.

He married Bertha Fehling in 1931. She died in 1974.

For several years he worked at Conservation Corps camps, and helped build a small lake at Troy, Idaho. He also built several houses in the Orofino area.

At the start of WWII he worked at the shipyard at Astoria, Oregon, and he and his wife later went to Farragut, Idaho, where he helped construct a naval base. In 1943 they returned to Orofino, where he started the Riverside Lumber Company. The mill was constructed on Nez Perce Indian land and when the lease was up in 1980 the Tribe refused to renew it, and the mill was dismantled and Joe retired.

He married Marie Wallace in 1976 and the couple continued to live in Orofino.

He was an active supporter of Orofino Lumberjack Days, the county fair and other county functions. He was interested in early day farming, as he grew up on a farm in the early 1900s. This interest was reflected in his collection of restored steam engines. Joe sponsored the yearly Steam Threshing Bee from 1961 to 1985.

He was a member of the J.I. Case Collectors Association, Inc., the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, the Western Steam Friends Association and the Inland Empire Steam and Gas Buffs.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, three sisters, and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Melvin Kestler, 712 Chaps Road, S.E., Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124.