I regret to announce the loss of my grandfather, HOWARD E. VAN DRIEST, of Concord Township, Painesville, Ohio on January 26, 1989. He was born July 13, 1910 in Euclid, Ohio.
Mr. van Driest began working for the Cleveland Tractor Company in the 1930's and eventually became Experimental Engineer. He was influential in the development of most of the models of Cletracs and, later, Oliver crawlers. (Oliver bought Cletrac in 1946.) He spent many hours in the dynamometer room, and made many trips to Hercules in Canton developing engines for the tractors. He also traveled all over North America, trouble-shooting and correcting problems nobody else could figure out. After Oliver Corporation shut down the Cleve-land Plant in 1961, he went into the excavating business with his son Howard.
Mr. van Driest collected many antique engines and tractors, including many Cletracs and a 28-50 Hart Parr. He also owned a 1930 Model A Ford coupe and a 20 HP Buffalo-Pitts steam traction engine, which he displayed at many shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania until last summer.
He was a director of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and of the Historical Engine Society in Kirtland, Ohio. He was a member of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, Penn-Ohio Model A Ford Club, U.S.D.A. Stabilization Ser-vice, and a life member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, Olive, one brother, Edward, in California, son Howard, daughter Gayle Malkamaki, four grandchildren, including myself, and two great-grandchildren.
Gramps and I were best friends and were almost always together since I was born. He taught me about everything I know about mechanics. Together, we restored a General tractor when I was ten. We got into this antique engine hobby in 1975. He always said that he 'brung me up' and I know he did it right.
Submitted by Blake Malkamaki, 19839 Girdled Road, Concord Twp., Painesville, Ohio 44077.
My father, ANTHONY J. MOOR-MAN, 84, RR #11, Greensburg, Indiana was well known in the Midwest for pioneering in organizing the steam shows in the country. He was the last founding member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana.
He passed away on Sunday, December 4, 1988 after a lengthy illness. Anthony was a charter member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, at Rushville. He served as treasurer of the club for 25 years. He also operated the sawmill every year until his health began failing him. He owned and operated a steam powered sawmill for many years. His last sawmill engine was a 75 HP J. I. Case, now owned by Bill Clem of Manassas, Virginia. Over the years he owned many different makes of engines, and never found one he didn't like. He was a firm believer in using the steam engine as it was meant to be and not for stunts that could cause damage to people or the engine. Safety was always on his mind!
The last engine he owned was a 20 HP Advance Rumely that his neighbor bought new in 1922. He purchased it in 1948 and acquired all of the original documents with this engine. This was his pride and joy, and after his health failed him, he still enjoyed showing pictures of his engine to his friends. Every year he would fire it up to demonstrate for the elementary children from Rose-mund School in Greensburg. The engine is now owned by a son, Jerry Moorman, of Bloomington, Indiana.
Anthony is survived by his wife, Frances. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last May. He also leaves 3 sons and 3 daughters, 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a life long member of St. Maurice Catholic Church.
The Pioneer Engineers Club has lost a faithful member and friend! He will be sorely missed at next year's show.
Submitted by Jerry Moorman, 2222 E. Third St., Bloomington, Indiana 47401.
JAMES FISHER, age 80, entered into the land of the Golden Whistles, December 23, 1988. He is survived by a son and daughter and three grandchildren.
Jim spent his entire life in the Jewett and Scio area where he farmed, owned and operated a saw-mill, served as a township trustee for 24 years, and was active in the Moose Lodge and Carrollton Eagles.
He was a director of the Stump-town Steam Threshers for 18 years and was the sawmill operator at the show for several years. He was a devoted 'Russell' man, never owning one but operated his father's and later on, Charles Harrison's 20 HP Russell.
He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by William Flowers, Sec, Stumptown Steam Threshers Association, Inc., Route 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio 43901.
CAPTAIN JEFFREY S. GILES was killed in a plane crash at Wurt-smith Air Force Base in Michigan on October, 11, 1988. He was the son of Paul and Janita Giles of Bunker Hill, West Virginia.
He had attended and participated in steam and gas shows with his family since the mid-60's. He was Valedictorian of Musselman High School Class of 1979, and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1983. He recently had married Lorraine 'Pete' Fair in Abilene, Texas.
He had missed only one or two steam shows because of his military duty and always called home on Sunday night to 'see how the show went.' The show was Berryville, Virginia's Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association.
He was skilled at handling his dad's 1923 Frick steam traction engine, and also liked to drive the 1922 Model T truck he had helped rebuild when he was home on leave.
Jeff enjoyed camping out at the show with family and friends. From their first overnight visit to a show at Kinzers, Pennsylvania in 1965, annual treks to Eastern Shore's Show at Federalsburg, Maryland, to the Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Show in 1969, he was always along on the family vacations and 'looking for an old tractors along the road.'
When he was stationed at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas for several years, he found long time family friends, the Bakers of Mineral Wells, and attended a show with them.
He is survived by his wife, parents, brother Steven, sisters Karen Angus and Linda Custer, two nieces, and his maternal grandmother. He is sadly missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.
Submitted by Paul, Janita and Steve Giles, Rt. 1, Box 122, Bunker Hill, West Virginia 25413.