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.
He is survived by his wife Mary C, daughter Phyllis and son Jim. daughter-in-law Peggy and son-in-law Jack and seven grandchildren. He was 59 years old. He is buried in a country cemetery in the heart of farm land near Farmingdale, Illinois.
Said David in mourning for Abner 'Know ye not that there is a prince and great man fallen this day in Israel?' II Samuel 3:38 This same tribute could well and aptly be applied to Mr. Blakley.
ROSCOE C. BABBITT, Born July 10, 1907 - died March 11, 1966 at the age of 58. Roscoe was from Golden City, Missouri. Funeral Services were held in the First Christian Church in Golden City. Minister Rev., J.K. Wright. Interment was at the IOOF Cemetery in Golden City, Missouri. Roscoe, as his friends knew him, was well thought of by all who knew him. He enjoyed all the shows and attended as many as his health would permit. Roscoe was a member of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, Kansas. This was sent to us by Mrs. Francis Sevart.
HARRY HOWARD, 86, brother of Nelson Howard of New Castle, died in a nursing home in Gary, Indiana. Survivors besides the brother here are a daughter, Gladys Davitt of Gary; two sons, Thomas of Crown Point and Boyd of Lancaster, California; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. This was sent to us by his brother Nelson.
HOMER G. PRUDOM, who helped construct the foundation of the Barge Canal when it was relocated early in the century, died October 17, 1966 in Mt. Morris Tuberculosis Hospital. Mr. Prudom, 76, of 47 Roselawn Avenue, Fairport, began work as a crane operator for the Luddington Construction Co. about 1910. The company held a contract to relocate the Barge Canal from the heart of downtown Rochester to a new channel to be built several miles south of the city. Using his steam powered crane, he laid foundations for new canel through sections of the Genesee Valley Park area and out into Bushnell's Basin. When the new canal was completed in 1918, Mr. Prudom went with the company to the New City area where he worked on the construction of several bridges, again as a crane operator. He later returned to the Rochester area and worked for the New York Central car shops in East Rochester until his retirement about 10 years ago. Mr. Prudom was born in West Shelby, Orleans County, in 1890. As a boy he worked on his parents' farm, using a steam-powered thresher and tractor, and it was there that his love for steam machinery was born. Through most of his working years he used steam-powered machinery, and after his retirement decided that something should be done to preserve the machines he enjoyed so much. About 9 years ago, with a group of friends, he founded the New York Steam Engine Association, dedicated to the preservation of all types of steam-powered machinery. Until he became ill last year, he had attended every one of the association's yearly Pageants of Steam, held in Canandaigua. Mr. Prudom is survived by his wife, Alice; a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Bellinger of Arlington, Va.; two sons, Alan and Homer of Pittsford; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Walter Hunt of Dryden and Miss Pearl Smith of Knowlesville; and several nieces and nephews. This was sent to us by Mrs. Prudom.
CARLOS L. LITTEN, 64, of 57 E. Orchard St., Newark, Ohio died at 6 P.M. Monday, September 26th in the Licking County Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted September 19th, he had been seriously ill for a week. Born January 24, 1902, to Warren Wynn Litten and Jesse E. Crow Litten, he was a lifetime resident of Newark. He was owner of Carlos L. Litten Plumbing and Heating (being in business for the past 30 years). A member of the Newark Seventh Day Adventist Church, a member of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Assn., National Threshers Assn., Inc., National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., The Old Time Baseball Assn., and a 1941 Newark, Ohio candidate for Mayor Elect. His wife Dorothy L. Snelling Litten died in August, 1964. Surviving are one son, Thomas E. of Newark: Three daughters, Mrs. Virgil Masters of Jacksonville, Florida., Mrs. Wiley Gardner of Wilson, N. C., Mrs. Robert Diener of the home: One sister, Mrs. Mary Long of Manteno, Illinois: Dr. Lloyd Litten of Akron, Ohio and Ralph V. Litten of Martiansville, N.J., and 11 grandchildren. One sister and one brother are dead. Services were held at 2 P.M. Thursday, September 29, 1966 in the chapel of Criss Brothers Funeral Home, Newark: with Elder Kenneth J. Berry offication. Interment was in Welsh Hills Cemetery, Granville, Ohio where he sleeps till the ressurection. This was sent to us by Mrs. Robert C. Diener, daughter, of 57 E. Orchard St., Newark, Ohio.
Spring isn't too far away, and you want to be able to get started when the season opens up. Make money those nine Sundays in April and May when people have been in all winter. We have for sale at this time, several trains that are bound to be money makers. We hauled 21,165 people in 74 days last summer at Niabi Zoo at Rock Island, Illinois. We didn't get started early, so we know what we lost. Locomotives. 15 inch Georgia Crown. Excellent Condition. Coded boiler looks and runs good. With four coaches. Hauls 32 adults or 48 children, this outfit will pay for itself in one season, with 800 feet of track, this is 1600 feet of rail. Will deliver reasonable distance for $6,500.00.
One Crown Engine, made November, 1965. Used less than 30 days for a demonstrator. With four coaches and track as above $7,500.00.
Cagney 20 inch Georgia Locomotive and tender, a real nice engine. Pretty good size, too. In good condition. No cars with this one. Will make you a deal on as much rail as you want, with fittings. Want for the engine and tender, $3,500.00. This one won't last long at this price.
1000 feet of New Aluminum rail, same size as 12 lb. rail with angle bars, bolts, and tie plates. 19 foot lengths. Weight 1 lb. to the foot. Cost me more, but will take $500.00 for the lot. When train runs on this, make no noise, and will last a life time.
Steam engine from Pop corn machine. Don't know if it's Dunbar or Cretors. On base with legs. No boiler. 1 run it on air. Has working governor. Lubricator and throttle. $100.00. All of this equipment on hand at Galva, Illinois. H. J. McMillan. Phone Night W.E. 23545