JAMES L. LAYTON, of Federalsburg, Maryland, passed away April
10, 1994, at the age of 70. He was born on the family farm near
Harmony, Maryland, October 3, 1923, the son of the late James
Herman and Martha Willis Layton.
He was a lifelong farmer and had operated a sawmill for many
years. He was well known by steam traction engine and antique
agricultural machinery collectors across the country. In 1959 he
bought back the steam engine his father had when he was growing up.
In the following few years he purchased two more 8V2 Frick engines,
finding out later that one was the last Frick traction engine
built. In 1961 he threshed a half load of wheat with several
neighbors watching and it became an annual event. The Eastern Shore
Threshermen and Collector’s Association, Inc., was organized in
1966 and he had served as its president since then. An avid
collector, he had a large collection of antique farm machinery. He
had attended steam shows since the 1950s and had been a member of
most of the shows in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Mr. Layton is survived by his wife Mildred; three daughters,
Shirley Jackson, Brenda Stant and Patricia Layton; and two
We apologize for not printing this notice earlier. We failed to
include it in IMA two years ago, when it was submitted by his
daughter, Brenda Stant, 6101 Harmony Road, Preston, Maryland
REV. LLOYD C. BRONSON went to be with the Lord August 27, 1996.
Rev. Bronson was born June 17, 1904 in Otsego Township, Michigan,
and was a lifelong resident of the area. He served the Lord all his
life, including 60 years as a dairy farmer, and the past 30 years
as an ordained minister. Surviving are his wife, Helen Wesseling
Bronson; two sons, George of Kalamazoo and Larry of Mt. Pleasant;
two stepchildren, Clyde Pruitt of Allegan and Suzanne Hall of
Winnipeg, Canada; six grandchildren, Amanda Ferris, Suzanne
Bronson, Martin Hall, Christine Minor, Matthew Pruitt, and Timothy
Pruitt; and two great-grand-children.
Submitted by his son, George Bronson, 6406 West Q Avenue,
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009.