THE GOLDEN ROLL


| January/February 1993



RAY W. DeMENT, 87, R. R. 1, Clinton, Illinois a retired well driller and avid lover of antique steam engines, died July 6, 1992 at Clinton.

Mr. DeMent later moved to Hallsville, Illinois, a few miles west of Clinton, where he spent his life working with his father in the threshing and well drilling business. When he first started, he used steam engines to pull the drills. Later he collected antique engines, tractors, binders, threshers and automobiles as a hobby.

One of the last of the old thresher men of the Central States Thresher men, Pontiac, he was a director for many years. He took part in parades, reunions and exhibitions each summer, including the Illinois State Fair Parade & Reunion at Pontiac.

He owned many engines in his lifetime, the last was a 40 HP Case. He was an Aultman Taylor tractor enthusiast and he said many a time, 'Why own any other make when you can own the best, an Aultman-Taylor'? He had been an Oliver-Hart-Parr dealer, collected and restored almost one of each series the last few years of his retirement.

He leaves behind three sisters; one son, Don; daughter-in-law Shirley; three grandchildren and a host of friends. He was a member of the Hallsville Christian Church, Central States Thresher men's Association and the DeWitt County Museum.

He was a generous, fun-loving man and will be greatly missed.