| May/June 1960

Roy Edward Kite, only child of John Elmer and Jane Elizabeth (Mitchell) Kite, was born August 1, 1904, in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. Roy moved with his parents to Cheyenne County, Kansas, March 6, 1907, where they resided on a farm northeast of Bird City. He joined the Methodist Church in Bird City and remained a member until his death.

Roy attended school in District 51, known as the Brick school house, until he entered the 8th grade. He was a member of the graduating class of 1924 of Bird City Rural High School. The following year, he attended Kansas Wesleyan University, of Salina where he completed a business course. He was a member of the I.O.O.F Lodge 430.

He was united in marriage to Leone Shay at her parents home near Bird City, December 27, 1931. To this union were born two daughters, Shirley Lorraine and Beverly Leone.

Roy entered the farm implement business in Bird City in 1926. In the early years of his business he handled many makes of farm machinery some of which are now of historical interest -- Hart Parr, Lauson, and Nichols and Sheperd. During the past 23 years, however, he has held the J. I. Case dealership which will be continued by the recently formed Underwood Implement Co.

In 1950, he became interested in the preservation of antiquated farm machinery and was active in the formation of the Antique Engine and Thresher Association He attended antique steam engine demonstrations throughout the country and was instrumental in organizing the local shows that have been held annually since 1953. At the time of his death he was vice-president of the association.

After 5 long years of illness, he passed away Thursday morning, December 17, 1959, in the Cheyenne County Hospital at St. Francis, Kansas, at the age of 55 years, 4 months and 16 days. Through his farm implement and Antique Engine Association activities he made many friends throughout the nation.


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