328 W. Chestnut Freeport, Ill.
A tragic accident on May 15, 1973, took the life of the youngest steam engineer in the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club. Mark Thomas Pieper, 15, was killed when the farm tractor he was operating overturned. Although only 15, he owned in equal partnership with his father Ron Pieper, myself, and my father Louis Althoff, two steam engines. He was a very competent and careful engineer. He was better at 'lining up' an engine in the belt than a lot of engineers many times his age. He had a nice soft touch on the throttle, which showed when he competed in a 'slow race'. Many show-goers will remember him operating his 18 HP Advance-Rumely at the Freeport show and George Hedtke's show at Kings. Mark was a quiet but friendly boy who was very eager to learn and was always willing to listen to good advice. I can find no words to convey my personal feeling of loss and deep sorrow and I, along with all the members of our club, wish to express our sincere sympahy to his family.