| January/February 1967



O. W. BOWEN, Many friends of O. W. Bowen, Woodman, Wisconsin will be saddened to hear of his passing. He was 82 years old. Had been a steam engine operator since 1901. In later years, he ran a steam engine at The Budenski Brothers show in West Concord, Minnesota. He passed away the 23rd of September, 1966. This was sent to us by Helen Bowen, daughter-in-law.

THOMAS H. CARTMEL, 80, a well-known resident of Waldron, Indiana, died unexpectedly at his home at 12:15 p.m. August 28, 1966. He had been in failing health for several years and suffered a stroke in June of this year. Mr. Cartmel was a retired farmer and ran a threshing operation in Liberty Township for many years. He was a former Liberty Township trustee, was postmaster in Waidron for 15 years, and at one time served as Shelby county corner. He was a 50-year member and past master of the Waldron Masonic Lodge No. 217, F & M. and was an active member of the Waldon Methodist Church where he taught the men's class. The son of Samuel and Mary (McNeely) Cartmel, he was born in Shelby County on Feb. 21, 1886. On June 14, 1910, he married Bess Huntley who survives at the family home. They reared three nieces and Mrs. Harold (Irma Kay) Barnes of Shelbyville. Services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul, with Rev. Amos Bastin, former Waldron Methodist minister, officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery. Mr. Cartmel was a member of the Pioneers Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc. for many years, and at one time he owned a 24 H.P. Kitten engine which he showed at the show each year. Ill health made him sell the engine, but he always attended the show each year. He was a very active member of the club, and was liked by all who came into contact with him. Sent in by John J. Memchhofer, Past Secretary of the Club, 3520 West 12th St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

MR. GAROLD BLAKLEY of 850 South Illinois Street, Springfield, Illinois was stricken with a heart attack and died at his Farm west of Curran, Illinois Monday August 8, 1966. Mr. Blakley had held his Annual Threshing Event on Saturday before. He owned and operated three outstanding steam engines which he had restored to beautiful pieces of equipment. He had a Case, and Aultman-Taylor and a Keck-Gonnerman which he had on exhibit at the Sangamon County fair this year, He had rebuilt and finished to original state a John Deere and a Minneapolis separator which he used in his harvest.

He had a wide correspondence with the threshermen and loved to attend the shows in different parts of the country. He collected books and complete sets of magazines pertaining to the steam engine. He had collected and restored many other antique implements especially small hand tools. He was a member of the American Threshing Association and had shown his engines at the Pinckneysville Show for several years.

Mr. Blakley was born and lived in Sangamon County all his life. He was owner of the Blakley Implement Company and sold Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson Implements for twenty-five years before retiring in 1962. He was a charter member of the South Side Christian Church, serving as elder and teacher. He taught a class of Teen-age boys and girls. He was chairman of the Finance Committee in a new Building program at the time of his death.

He loved life and enjoyed people He was a devoted husband, a good father and a doting grandfather. He had taught the young grandsons man} things about machinery and the engines.


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