| May/June 2001

R113 Hwy U Edgar, Wisconsin 54426

ERVIN E. STENCIL, 71, born January 21, 1929, died September 4, 2000. Erv will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Erv was born in Watersmeet, Michigan, son of the late Anton and Rose Stencil. Anton was a logger who had a crew of approximately 100 men, so Erv grew up in the woods of upper Michigan moving from camp to camp until he was eight years old. Then Anton and Rose and their family moved back to Edgar, Wisconsin where they purchased several farms and started dairy farming. At that time, Anton had two threshing machines. They would thresh grain for others.

Erv married Susan Knoll on June 19, 1954. They had two children, a daughter, Pamela (Thomas Balz) and a son, Richard (Pamela Murkowski).

In 1957, Erv and his younger brother, Wally, purchased their first self-propelled Massey Harris combine with an eight foot head. In the fall of 1962, they traded it in for a Case 600 with a 10 foot head.

The cover of this issue features the late Ervin Stencil getting Advance Rumely #14987 in line for a parade at the Edgar, Wisconsin, steam show. His wife, Susan is on the back of the engine. Ervin's son Rick pays tribute to his dad, who died in September of last year,