Farm Collector


By Staff

JOHN D. SANGER, 75, of Franklin, Nebraska, died Saturday, April
9, 1994 at Franklin County Memorial Hospital.

He was a World War II veteran serving with the Army Air Corps in
North Africa and Italy.

In 1946, he married Gladys Clark, and they farmed in Franklin
and Hildreth area for many years. His wife died in 1989.

A member of Grace Lutheran Church, the VFW Post 5751, and the
American Legion Post 209, John attended steam shows in northern
Kansas, southern Nebraska, and Iowa for well over 35 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne Kleen; a sister; three
brothers; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He touched the lives of everyone he met with his kindness and
love, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by Robert Matheny, Kearney, NE.

JAMES R. ROCK, of Avon, Illinois, died January 20, 1994. He was
born March 12, 1901 near Cuba, Illinois. He was a member of the
steam engine show at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and was a steam engineer
who seldom missed a show.

He married Martha Crowl in 1924 and is survived by his wife,
seven children (three sons preceded him in death), 16 grandchildren
(one grandson preceded him in death), 14 great grandchildren, five
step-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. He loved
them all.

An active member of the Checkrow Community Church, he lived in
Avon, Illinois, for the past 30 years.

Submitted by Martha C. Rock, 6 River Valley Court, St.
Charles, MO 63303.

OSCAR H. HESTERBERG, age 75, of rural New Florence, Missouri,
answered the call of the Golden Whistle January 14, 1994 at
Audriana Medical Center, Mexico, Missouri.

He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator as long as
possible. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a charter member
of Montgomery County Old Threshers and also a director as long as
health permitted.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters and
grandchildren. He is sadly missed by all who knew him.

Submitted by friends Bob Hart and Walden Cope of Truxton,

JAMES A. ‘JIM’ NEW, of rural Pendleton, Indiana, died
March 18, 1994 after an extended illness. Born February 24, 1959,
he was a lifelong Pendleton resident, a licensed steam engineer and

A graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and Ivy Technical
College, he was a member of First United Methodist Church; Sons of
AMVETS Post #26; Pioneer Engineers Club; Tri State Gas Engine and
Tractor Association; Mid-America Threshing Club; Rumely
Collector’s Association; International Harvester
Collector’s Association; J.I. Case Collector’s Association;
International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation; and the National Rifle

He was an avid long time collector of steam engines, tractors,
and gas engines. He, his brother Alan, his dad Al, and his nephew
Andy worked together restoring and showing engines. Jim had a 12 HP
Advance traction engine, an 18-32 HP Case crossmotor tractor, and

Survivors include his wife Angela, daughters Rachelle and
Kareana; his parents, brother and sister-in-law. At the gravesite
Russell Merrell’s Advance engine was fired up and a parting
whistle was blown for Jim.

Submitted by Alan New, 5389 W. 900 South, Pendleton, IN

  • Published on Jul 1, 1994
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