| January/February 1984

GEORGE MARVIN KESTER, 65, passed away on April 22, 1983 at his home in Crete, Illinois where he was born and lived his whole life. He was retired from Wyman-Gordon Forging Company in 1974. Over the years he collected many gasoline engines, blacksmithing tools and Indian artifacts.

The dream of his life came true when we purchased the Russell 20 HP portable steam engine, serial no. 17155 in September 1979. (A picture of the engine was shown in IMA July/August 1980, page 9). He loved to steam the engine up at home and was delighted to have kids of all ages' stop to visit and see his pride and joy.

He was a member of the Northern Indiana Historical Power Association and had shown the Russell at their Labor Day weekend show for the past four years.

We miss him very much and hope to continue sharing the tradition, the knowledge and love that he could express to his family and friends.

Submitted by son Robert C. Kester and Kester Family.

ELLSWORD GRAHN, one of the most active members of Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, was killed about noon, April 3, in a logging accident about a half mile from his rural Vergas home. He was a professional sawyer and supplied much custom ordered hardwood lumber in the area.


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