Mrs. Peter Bucher of R.F.D.1, Fairfield, Iowa, a resident of the Beckwith community passed away October 13, 1968. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Burcher is survived by one son, Clarence, of Perry, Iowa, one daughter, Mrs. Dell Robinson, Fairfield; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Several brothers and sisters. She was a member of Mid-West Old Settlers Threshers Association of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Sent in by her family.
Mr. Charles R. Strain, 75, of 1884 Burrowes Drive, Fairborn, Ohio passed away recently. A former resident of Xenia Mr. Strain suffered a heart attack at the door of City Hall and was dead on arrival at the hospital. He was a retired railroader and again retired in 1959 after 17 years at WPAFB as an operating engineer. He is survived by a son, Charles R. Strain Jr of Ft. McKinley, and four grandchildren. He had requested that a notice of his death be given to Iron Men Album. Sent in by Mrs. Roy Tribbey, 759 Xenia Ave. Xenia, Ohio.
Paul Clark, a resident of Wallace, Nebraska, was born April 16, 1906, at Sedan, Kansas and passed away at St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colo. on September 17, 1968, age 62 years, 5 months, 11 days. Interment was at Chautaqua Kansas.
He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Betty Olmstead and a granddaughter of Parsons Kansas.
Paul came to Western Nebraska in 1936. He was a farmer and followed the harvest with his combines for several years. He had rebuilt a case Steam Engine and put on several steam threshing shows at his farm near Brandon, Nebraska and at Wallace at their annual Fall Festival. He also participated in many other local steam engine shows and will be greatly missed by his many friends and neighbors. Courtesy of A.C. Pump, Grant, Nebraska.
Mr. Jesse S. Byers, 82, of Route 2, Littlestown, Penna. passed away October 30, 1968, at his home. Death was unexpected. Mr. Byers was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. William Byers of Carroll County. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and of the Steam Historical Society of Westminster, Maryland.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Carrie M. Byers, four children seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister also survive. Funeral services were held November 1, 1968 at the Little Funeral Home, Littles-town. Sentinby his family, Mrs. Jesse S. Byers.
Frank L. McGuffin, age 60, a long time resident of 3531 Tea St. N.W., Washington, D.C., passed away after a short illness on September 19, 1968. He had moved to Alexandria, Va. a month before his illness.
Mr. McGuffin was born in Miami, Oklahoma and soon moved to a farm near Flagstaff, Kansas where he spent his early boyhood days. He started with steam, first as a water boy but was soon operating and firing the engine. From that time on he possessed a love for steam engines. He operated many makes of engines threshing the big crops of the midwest when steam threshing 'was in its heyday.
Mr. McGuffin's names has appeared many times in the steam engine magazines --IRON MEN ALBUM, ENGINEERS AND ENGINES, and WESTERN ENGINES --and often as the author of interesting articles, frequently using the pen name of FITZ LEE. He also was the contributor of many pictures. Mr. McGuffin was a life member of National Threshers Assn. and Mason Dixon Historical Society. He attended and was an enthuriastic member of several steam engine clubs in the United States and Canada. He was internationally known. His life story is well told by Joe Fahnestock as Iron Man of the Month in the January-February 1968 issue of the IRON MEN ALBUM. Mr. McGuffin was of the Presbyterian fatih, a Mason and a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his wife, who has since moved to 1401 Blair Mill Road, Apt. 1016, Silver spring, Md.; his son and grandchildren of Pottstown, Pa.; and his Mother, who lives in Witcha, Kansas.