A Message From Fred

| March/April 1954

Pittsfield, III., sends us this sad announcement with the comments which are of great interest. Ed.

Mr. Steve A. Seibert, 411 West Cleveland St., Belleville, Illinois, passed away while confined to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, on October 27.

Steve was with the Harrison Machine Works almost fifty years. He was for many years the separator foreman, and in later years stayed on at the factory and managed what business came their way in the matter of repairs and machine work. He knew the first name of every buyer of Belleville machinery in many years back, and a more honest and or better man never lived.

Mr. Robert Shelcop, the engine man is still going strong, as is Mr. Albert W. Thee (pronounced tay). All these men have been my friends for many years. Belleville machinery has been in my family since 1881 right up to and including the present. I own two of the latest 'Jumbo's'.

The company sold their real estate a year ago last spring to a friend of mine. They then sold all their personal property to on auction company and a public sale was held on July 24, 1952. Mr. Lee Harrison asked that I go and get anything I wished, including an old separator. I of course, could not use it. I did get quite a few things.

This company never turned out a bad piece of machinery in their over 100 years existence, and always gave their customers the benefit of any doubt that arose. I have been going to their factory for over fifty years, and now I miss it and seeing the grand old men greatly.


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