| January/February 1980

DALE LUGTEN, 25, of Hamilton, Michigan passed away October 21, 1979 in Grand Rapids, after bravely fighting the effects of a spreading cancer. Dale loved steam engines, especially his father's Keck Gonnerman engines which, along with his brother, Lyle, he helped operate and maintain. Dale will be greatly missed by his family and many steam friends.

Submitted by Steve Hineback, 8637 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, Michigan 49345.

THEODORE L. KRESS, of Blue Grass, Iowa passed away on August 17, 1979 at the age of 80. He retired to Blue Grass in 1969 after having lived 61 years on the farm east of Blue Grass. Although he was retired he always maintained an active interest in farming and never lost his interest in steam.

For many years prior to the advent of the combine he ran a threshing rig in the Blue Grass area. In 1950 he purchased a 22 HP Wood Brothers engine. After restoring it he used it to thresh and to show us kids how it was done. He also exhibited it at various steam shows. In 1968 he threshed on his farm again for the last time; this time to show the grandchildren how it was done.

At the time of his death he still had his entire threshing rig in working condition.

He was a founder and director of the former Mississippi Valley Old Time Threshers Association. They put on shows at Davenport, DeWitt, and Maquoketa, Iowa before disbanding.


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