ROBERT AND MILDRED PATTON ages 66 and 64 Mt. Orab, Ohio Rt. 2, both members of The Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Association were killed instantly in an accident involving their motor home and a tractor trailer September 3rd at the intersections of Rts. 28 and 27 at Deerfield, Indiana. They were on their way home from The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. They both had surgery and were in the hospital earlier this summer and had only been able to attend our show at Georgetown, Ohio, Portland Indiana and Mt. Pleasant. They had sold their farm about two years ago, had bought a motor home and enjoyed attending the shows and camping with their many friends. Bob had bought a John Deere D tractor this year and was able to run it at our show this year. He used to thresh with steam and tractors and enjoyed running an engine very much. They will both be missed by their many friends.
Submitted by Ray Roberts, Box 20, Route 3, Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154
IRVE J. STURM, 90 of 100 Central Avenue, Great Falls, formerly of Melt, Montana died in October 1974 at a local hospital. He was reared in Iowa and homesteaded near Big Sandy, Montana as a young man. As a mechanic he operated garages in Windham and Stanford in the Judith Basin. He used big steam tractors in the Basin for moving houses, one engine to pull the house and the second one to hold back, going down the hills. He moved many houses from the coal mining town of Lehigh to Windham or Stanford. 35 years ago he moved to Belt, Montana and opened Irve's Garage. After retirement, he helped Walter Mehmke restore most of the Mehmke collection of steamers.
Submitted by Elmer W. Gray, Box 171, Belt, Montana 59412
M. DEAN FULLERTON, 81, of Burgettstown, RD3, passed away suddenly on September 8, 1974 at his home. He was born in Hanover Township and had been a resident of Smith and Hanover Townships, Washington County his entire life. In August, 1956, he and two other dedicated owners of steam traction engines from Washington County, moved at their own expense, their engines to the Hookstown Fair Grounds, to participate with them during their annual fair. The engines were displayed daily and were engaged in demonstrating their usefulness on the farm, before many interested and fascinated spectators. His brother, Clark, now 83, was one of the owners. From this small beginning, the Tri-State organization was formed. Beginning in 1957 and for 15 years, Mr. Fullerton turned his well-kept farm over to the Association, where they held successful exhibitions each year in September.
Submitted by Paul F. Crow, Charleroi, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM (BILL) BIXLER passed away September 4, at the age of 77, after a heart attack. Bill threshed and ran steam engines from the time he was a young man. Of all the engines he ran, his favorite was the Huber. He was a member of the Tuscarawas Valley & The National Threshers Steam Clubs. Bill had many friends and made friends wherever he went. He will be missed by many.
Submitted by Roy A. Calame, R.D. 2, Orrville, Ohio