| January/February 1978

JOHN MENCHHOFER, 89, passed away July 15, 1977, in a nursing home in Indianapolis after a fall last spring in which he suffered a broken neck. John was born near Batesville, Indiana in 1888. As a young man he operated a Russell threshing outfit that he nicknamed the 'Jolly Roger.' John was a lifetime member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana and attended the Rushville show every year until his health failed him. He served faithfully as secretary from February, 1954 until April, 1962. He loved his job and corresponding with many people from all over the country. He was forced to retire when his eyesight failed him. John remained an avid steam lover even after he moved to Indianapolis many years ago. The club will miss him dearly.

Submitted by Jerry Moorman, Pioneers Engineers Club, R.R. 6, Greensburg, Indiana 47240.

WILBUR RAY, 68, of R. R. 2, Mon-mouth, Illinois, died of a heart attack July 29, 1977. He was a friendly, good natured, congenial man who ran Neil McClures Baker engine at Mt. Pleasant's Old Threshers Show, fired and ran Old Maria and helped oil and wipe the stationary engines in the Heritage Museum. He was a grain and livestock farmer, active in church work and a member of the Monmouth Flying Club. He will be greatly missed by his family, many friends and associated.

Submitted by Henry Oswald, 406 S. 3rd St., Monmouth, Illinois 61462.

TOM LOBB, 79, of Helston, Manitoba, died August 15, 1977, at his farm home after a brief illness of three months. For a short while he was a grain buyer in Alberta and Manitoba, then he took up farming for his life occupation. Just recently he rented his land. Tom was devoted to his home, family and community, having played hockey and baseball. He was a strong supporter of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, Manitoba. He was a director, which he served for 23 years up to his death. He was Parade Marshall for years. I remember him at the 1976 show well. Ken Fordham from Ochre River drove his homemade garden tractor and Tom was on a small potato scuffler which meant the parade was over. He had a good sense of humor, always striving for new and different ideas. He was a long time subscriber to the Iron-Men Album. He has owned and threshed with steam outfits. Tom will be greatly missed at our show.

Submitted by Bob McMillan, Box 5, Miami, Manitoba, Canada ROG 1HO.


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