Obituaries


| March/April 1961



HARRY MERLE JONES

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.