HARRY MERLE JONES, Little Falls, Minnesota, a well known steam man, passed away Thursday, November 10, 1960, in a Rochester, Minnesota hospital.
Mr. Jones dealt with steam in various capacities during most of his life. As early as 1910 at the age of 16, he operated a steam traction engine for a threshing crew in the state of South Dakota.
During the past five years Mr. Jones devoted almost all of his time to collecting and restoring steam traction engines, boilers, and steam accessories. Many of these items were collected and sold throughout the United States to men with similar interests. He was very dedicated to steam and did not want to see any of this equipment destroyed. Many items were salvaged from scrap yards and restored by him to a usable condition.
In 1959 and 1960 Mr. Jones had considerable interest and participated in the 'Rich Prairie Steam Threshing Bee' which was held in the fall of the year at Pierz, Minnesota.
R. N. Jones, M.D., of 1008 Riverside Drive, S.E., St. Cloud, Minnesota, sends us this sad note with a beautiful tribute to his friend. When we make others happy life is worth while. -Elmer
I wish to inform you that Mr. Harry M. Jones, of Little Falls, Minnesota, was the one who first told me about your valued and interesting magazine some nine years ago. I regret to inform you that Mr. Jones passed away at the Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota, November 10th, 1960. With him we attended a number of reunions and he himself owned a number of old steam engines. It was through him that I spent many happy hours operating his engines. It made me relive the old days I spent on the farm in Ohio. We who loved this hobby sadly miss our friend.
R. N. Jones, M.D.
CHARLES B. QUICK 1860-1960
On November 7th, Charles B. Quick, one of the last of the pioneer manufacturers of steam engines and agricultural machinery, died at the Seabrook Home at Auburn, New York.
On April 15th Mr. Quick celebrated his one hundredth birthday. At that time he was honored by the Mayor, City Manager, and civic leaders who presented him with a birthday cake commemorative of his 100 years in Auburn. Two of his prized possessions at the birthday party were a birthday greeting from President Eisenhower and a letter from Vice-President Nixon.
Isaac Quick, father of Charles, in 1868 purchased the business of Thomas Hussey, brother of Obed Hussey, famed inventor or the Reaper and Steam Plow. Thomas Hussey started building the Hussey Reapers in Auburn in 1840.
For many years Charles B. Quick was secretary of A. W. Stevens & Son, manufacturers of Steam Engines and Threshers. When the Stevens Company was sold and moved to Wisconsin, Mr. Quick, with a partner, then purchased the Wide-Awake Steam and Thresher business and moved it from Union Springs to Auburn.
With the passing of the old Steamers and Threshers, a retail farm machinery business was conducted by Quick & Thomas.
The noted authority, F. Hal Higgins, of the Higgins Agricultural Research Library, University of California, after a visit with Mr. Quick at Auburn in June. 1960, wrote: 'Mr. Quick
probably comes nearer being the 'man who has seen it all' in farm machinery manufacturing than anyone living today.'
Sent in by Willard Durkee, 212 Kensington Place, Syracuse 10, New York
Glen Roy Derbyshire of Brantford, Ontario, Canada, passed away Nov. 17, 1960. Mr. Derbyshire was employed as Engineer at the Brantford Cordage Co. until his recent retirement.
He was a model builder of great ability. His two inch scale Model Case 75, complete in every detail, was a masterpiece of the model builders skill.
He was an ardent reader of the ALBUM, having been a subscriber from a very early date, and a staunch supporter of the Steam Traction Engine.
Reported by Jim McGinnis, Vanessa, Ontario, Canada