| January/February 1974

M. V. (MONTY) THACKER, Frankfort, Indiana passed away August 17, 1973 at the Clinton County Hospital in Frankfort. Monty was a retired engineer on the Nickle Plate Railroad and enjoyed being the one and only fireman on the Paul Coal & Oil Company Road locomotive. He participated many times in shows at National Thresher's Assn., Miami Valley Steam Threshers Assn., Elwood Historical Club and Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana. Submitted by Fred H. Paul, Paul Coal & Oil Company, 501 W. Barner St., Frankfort, Ind. 46041

EDWARD A. OSANTOWSKI of Bellwood, Nebraska passed away on August 11, 1973 at the age of 65 years while attending a Steam Show at Allen, Nebraska. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Live Steamers. He was a retired farmer whose biggest desire was to operate his steam equipment at home on his track and at steam shows. He was a meticulous craftsman and his work and his 1-' scale American 4-4-0 and Pacific 4-6-2 locomotives brought praise from all who saw them. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Submitted by Edward Jr., Ernest, Francis and Leol, sons, Bellwood, Nebraska 68624

PHARES G. HOFFMAN, 78, passed away May 5, 1973 in General Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A mechanic and machinist his entire life and as a youth (stood on a large wood block to fire the engine) worked for his father, Samuel Hoffman, who was a thresherman. During the past ten years of his retirement, Phares was associated with his brother, Irwin G. Hoffman, Manheim, Pa. in the buying, selling and restoration of gas engines. Both have been members of the Rough and Tumble Engineers of Kinzers, as well as the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association. Submitted by his son, Wilbert Hoffman, Box 146, Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545

RAYMOND F. SAATHOFF, 57, 406 S. Hickory, Stillman Valley, Illinois was found dead in his car Tuesday evening, October 30, 1973, an apparent heart attack.

Saathoff was a great gas engine collector and a steam show enthusiast. The Kings Show was the highlight of his life. On the day of his death he drove one of his gas engine models that he built several miles to his home from a farm near Franklin Grove, Illinois, then returned back to the farm for his car and was enroute home when he died. Submitted by Emil Svanda, Box 111, Davis Junction, Illinois 61020

CHARLES WILLIAM McKINNEY, 61, Lucasville, Ohio (Route 4) passed away November 3 in Green Memorial Hospital, Xenia following an apparent heart attack while visiting there. He was a member of Thresher's Association and had won several awards at fairs and festivals for small steam engines he built as a hobby. He had been employed as a machinist at Wagner Implement Company in New Boston, Ohio. Submitted by Lewis J. Meachem, 2861 Brown Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601


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