A Tribute To a Friend


| January/February 1995



HP Gaar-Scott double

Harry Woodmansee on a 25 HP Gaar-Scott double owned by Mike Altofh of Freeport, Illinois.

7411 Perrin Road Osseo, Michigan 49266

Many years ago I went to a steam show called Old Time Steam Threshers and Sawmill Operators Show, held on the Jim Whitby farm in Indiana. I was intrigued and awed by the feats of the engines and engineers.

There for the first time I saw Harry Woodmansee perform on the hill with his 40 HP Case engine. At the time little did I realize how much my life would become involved with his.

The next year through some very good friends of mine, the Lewallens family who also had steam engines, I got to meet Harry, and shortly thereafter got to run some of his engines.

Harry was a person who let many of us younger fellows run his engines and tried to teach us about them, as well as teaching us how to fire and operate them. Sometimes in order to help you remember better, he would let you get yourself caught short, then have a good laugh before pulling your fat out of the fire!

Harry was a man who spent nearly all of his life working around and with steam engines. He told me that he purchased his first engine, an old Nichols & Shepard, while he was in his teens. He said that John Nichols, I believe it was, used to come out to their place at Dowling, and Harry's father and he would go fishing.

gagejerome
3/17/2015 6:51:37 AM

My grandfather witch is Dennis Jerome idolized this man, he passed a lot of knowledge on to my grandpa some stayed with him to the grave im sure some was passed on to my father Carroll Jerome and uncle Jeremiah Eyric. I wish my grandpa was still around to teach and pass his wisdom and knowledge as Harry did for him on to me... I was blessed with the same gift grandpa was in more than one way but nothing near what it could be if he was still around. I miss you more than anyone will ever phathom, I love you grandpa Dennis. . RIP #STILLSTEAMIN' (why'd you have to leave me so early gpa??? 12years is a long time without you ya know)