THE GOLDEN ROLL


| January/February 1977



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.