JOHN F. 'JACK' LIMMER, 77, a noted authority on steam engines and active in threshing association meets died August 30,1976 in Luke's Hospital, Maumee. He was a farmer, machine shop owner and sawmill operator and was semi-retired. He was a life member of the National Threshers Association and directed that group from Ohio. He was in charge of the threshers for a number of years at the National Threshers Association annual meet in Wauseon. In 1973, he won the Glen L. Shepherd award for the best restored engine at the National Threshers contest. People all over the country contacted him about steam engine repairs. He also was a member and worked for the Five Point Threshers Association. Recently, he helped set up a sawmill in Wauseon. His wife said a man had come to the door and wanted a saw fixed and Jack went out and did that and came back in and read his Bible and went out again and was in the yard when he just collapsed and died. She said that is the way he wanted to go and God gave him his wish. Submitted by his wife, Mrs. John Limmer, 9853 Mandell Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551.
HERMAN ALBER of Saline, Michigan passed away October 15, 1976 at the age of 94. Herman began threshing at the age of 17 and in 1904 bought his own rig to begin his long career in threshing. In 1910 he bought a sawmill in Saline which he ran until 1968. Many barns throughout Washtenaw County have timbers sawed by him. Mr. Alber attended every N.T.A. steam show in Montpelier and Wauseon, Ohio except the first two. The last one in June, 1976 brought him as much enjoyment as the first. During his lifetime he owned 4 separators and 6 different Port Huron engines --2 of these were new. The last Port Huron #8635, bought in. 1921, was sold to Louis David and bought from his estate by the N.T.A.
Herman threshed as late as 1968 using an Altman Taylor separator, which was 50 years ago. He subscribed to The Iron Men Album almost from the start of publication and the September-October, 1976 issue brought him the same joy as the first. His son, Raymond, will continue to run the sawmill in Salina and a steam engine at the N.T.A. in Wauseon. Submitted by Mr. & Mrs. Lauren Alber, 19 Crystal Lake, Cement City, Michigan 49233.
NOTE: Mrs. Alber says that her father-in-law at the age of 90 asked her if she would send a summary of this threshing career as printed above to the Iron-Men-Album after he died. This meant more to him than any gift we could ever have bought him.
HAROLD WILLIAMS of Ada, Minnesota died in a pick-up truck accident as he was going to one of his favorite past times threshing shows. He was killed on October 2. He had developed a deep interest in all old tractors, steam and gas and enjoyed so much to visit his friends at shows. Submitted by Mrs. Harold Williams, Ada, Minnesota 56510.
JAMES M. LOVE, 72 of Taylorsville, Mississippi. He has subscribed to the Album since we first attended a Kinzers Steam-UP about 1958. He joined the Rough & Tumble Historical Engineers then and has gone to Kinzers every 2 to 3 years since that time.
My parents were traveling from Taylorsville, Ms. to Chariton, Iowa when their car plunged off the road just north of Princeton, Missouri. My mother was badly bruised and battered but has recovered; daddy died of internal injuries on May 26, 1976.
He lived at Oregon City, Oregon for 30 years and attended the local steam-ups and was a member of the Western Steam Fiends. He and mother have lived near us for the past five years, at Taylorsville, Ms. We were planning a trip to Kinzers this August.
Over the years we have met many of the local people and count them as our friends, especially the Ebersol family who have always welcomed us on our visits. My two sons loved to go to Steam-Ups with Grandpa and maybe we'll get back to Kinzers or Mt. Pleasant again. We would like to, anyway. Submitted by Merridee E. Yates, Route 1, Box 361, Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168.
WILLIAM R. 'BILL' BENDER, 77, Chelsea, Iowa died August 7 in Midland, Michigan after a short illness. Along with his dad, John Bender and his brother, Harry Bender, they had a threshing crew for years. The last 30 years he was a carpenter, which he was still doing this last summer. We attended the Mount Pleasant, Iowa Thresher-men's Reunion. Bill built a miniature Advance Rumely model steam engine and threshing machine. Submitted by his wife, Mrs. Neva J. Bender, Ft. Myers, Florida 33903.
BROWN WALLING was born March 10, 1901 in Robertson County, Tennessee and died August 2, 1975 in Springfield, Tennessee.
He came from a family of 3 generations of woodworkers and was famed throughout a wide area for his beautiful woodwork and finishing of wood products in which he took great pride. This was a lifelong love for him.
Mr. Brown was a charter member of our Association and always took great interest in supporting it. His woodworking demonstrations were among the more interesting features of our annual shows.
He insisted on appearing at the 1975 show to assist in setting up the woodworking demonstration despite declining health.
This interest and support meant much in the development of our show and we herewith humbly express our appreciation. Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 S. Harris Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.
CARL MARTIN was born September 22, 1900 in Dover, Tennessee and died February 17, 1976 in Springfield, Tennessee. 'Mr. Carl' was active in church and civic work, always enthusiastic about any matter he undertook.
For more than 50 years he was a Mason, attaining the 32nd degree of that order.
Upon becoming a member of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association he organized development of our souvenir programs. Later he was elected our Treasurer and at the time he suffered a stroke in Knoxville, Tennessee on July 14,1974 was busily preparing for our show.
We honor this fine gentleman and remember his many significant contributions to life, community and our Association. Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.
GOLDEN P. STEWART was born in Nashville, Tennessee in February, 1909. His death on June 3, 1976 touched with sadness family members, close friends and persons who had been touched by every phase of his life.
By profession Golden was a maintenance foreman with the Metro Board of Education. He was an active member of the Duke Street Church of Christ in Nashville.
Golden played an active part in preserving our heritage from the past through his interest and support for the Threshermen's Association, and in the world famous Grand Old Opry where he had performed as bass player since its early days with groups such as the Crook Bros., Fruit Jar Drinkers and Kirk McGhee.
'Mr. Goldie' was a charter member of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association, having served on the original Board of Directors. He and sons, Johnnie and Martin, who are also Association members, with other family members have been active participants or exhibitors since the 1970 Annual Steam Show & Reunion in Adams, Tennessee.
We will long remember the gentle courtesy and friendly helpfulness this man displayed in all our associations with him. Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 South Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431.