Farm Collector


By Staff

LAWRENCE ‘BUD’ APGAR of Grenville, Ohio, passed away on
September 4, 1995 at Carriage Inn, a nursing home in Dayton, Ohio,
where he was a resident for five years. He was 83 years old.

He was a member of The Darke County Steam Threshers for years
and had been a member of many more before the Grenville Show. He
was born and raised with steam engines and he owned quite a few in
his time.

He will surely be missed by his friends and family. He is
survived by his brother Carl Apgar of Cincinnati, Ohio, a retired
engineer who was raised on a farm with steam engines, saw mills and

Submitted by Carl Apgar, 7434 Fair Park Ave., Cincinnati,

EDWARD D. MARTIN, 89, of Polk City, Iowa, passed away August 9,
1994, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Omaha and lived in
Polk City for 22 years.

Eddie was a great motor grader operator and maintained Polk
County roads for many years. He was a great lover of old equipment
and owned several old farm tractors. His pride was a McDeering
regular tractor that he restored. In his later years, he turned
this tractor over to his grandsons Dale and Eldon Gronewald of St.
Peters, Missouri.

Eddie was a charter member of the Living History Farms at Des
Moines, Iowa, where he was in charge of operating the straw baler
every year during show time. He took care of repairs, if needed,
and making any blocks for the baler.

Eddie was also a good corn husker and entered many corn husking
events. During his retirement years, he entered many Senior
Olympics events from California to Missouri and won numerous medals
in running competition. He had many friends at the steam and
tractor shows he attended, where he is surely missed.

One thing for sure, wherever Eddie is, if there is someone there
with a tractor and baler and plenty of straw he will be happy.

Submitted by son-in-law Kenneth F. Gronewald, 804 Birdie
Hills Rd., St. Peters, Missouri, 63376.

EMORY DULL, 77, who passed away February 15, 1995, was one of
the organizers of the Mason Dixon Steam Historical Society and was
an active member for 33 years. He was a director for a number of

Emory was our electrician, plumber, and Mr. Fix-It. His
dedication and long hours of work contributed much to the success
of the society.

Emory’s smile, cheerfulness and willing input are greatly

Submitted by Lula Leppo, 2161 E. Deep Run Rd., Manchester,
Maryland 21102.

RAYMOND L. YOUNG, born May 7, 1901, passed away August 19, 1995;
he was 94 years old. He was a man who took very seriously his role
in life of caretaker, parent and provider. He was a man of strong
character with the courage to stand up for his convictions
concerning right and wrong as he understood them.

Mr. Young was blessed with a large measure of mechanical
ability. Even though he started life in much simpler times, he
marveled at the technology available today and spoke of how much
more he could have learned had he had the opportunity available
today. He was innovative, and could fix anything with materials at

He experienced first-hand, the amazing advances in mechanization
on the farm. As a young boy he witnessed his father flailing rye on
the barn floor. He also could use the flail and would demonstrate
it at the steam shows each year. During his lifetime he cradled
wheat. He cut wheat with a reaper and then a binder. He operated a
hand fed thresher with a four horse sweep and then a steam engine.
He operated one of the first combines and then a modern
self-propelled combine.

He helped organize and was a lifelong director of the
Mason-Dixon Steam Historical Society. He was willing and anxious to
share his knowledge with anyone. Many of the members of the Society
today are there because of the encouragement and help Mr. Young
gave them.

Mr. Raymond L. Young was a family man, farmer, steam engineer,
thresherman, carpenter, teacher, man of God, and a gentleman.

Submitted by Herbert Wessel, Secretary of the Mason Dixon
Steam Historical Society, Westminster, Maryland.

HOWARD D. BUCHANAN SR., 89, of North Baltimore, Ohio, died May
19, 1995.

Howard was a steam engineer, and a lifelong steam enthusiast. He
started his career as a steam tractor engineer, operating Russell,
Reeves, and Huber engines. His father owned two different Russell
engines which Howard and his brothers helped run. They ran a
sawmill in northwestern Ohio, and many of the barns they cut lumber
for are still standing to this day. Later, Howard got jobs
operating other men’s tractors. He especially liked the Reeves
engine, and he and his brothers bought their own 16 HP model. They
threshed with it for the local farmers in northwestern Ohio. It was
a Canadian model, with the flat strap type wheels, and it had a

Eventually the need for a traction engineer dwindled, and he had
to get jobs in the local factories. He ran the boilers at the Swift
soybean plant in Fostoria and at Cooper Tire in Find-lay. He also
ran a large Corliss type engine at the Old Dutch Brewery in
Findlay, which was used to power the refrigeration plant. He then
got a job as a boiler operator/night watchman at the old National
Automotive Fibers plant in Findlay. They were later bought out by
Dow Chemical Company from which he retired in 1971.

Besides being an engineer, he was also a self-taught machinst.
He built a 1/16 scale model of a Russell 16
HP traction engine from scratch, without any castings or
blueprints. It is a prized family heirloom, and runs on its own
live steam. The Russell type engine was his most favorite of

Howard was a long time member of the National Threshers
Association and actually attended one of the first shows they had
out on the farm (Blakers). He attended numerous other shows in
Kinzers, Pennsylvania, and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and throughout
Ohio. He also subscribed regularly to IMA, since the early
’50s, and kept them all to pass down.

Howard attended the Church of the Brethren, in Deshler, Ohio,
and served as an elder of the church.

Howard was well liked by all who knew him, and is sorely missed
by his remaining family. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Nellie Elizabeth (Rickerd) Buchanan, and two baby girls. He is
survived by a son, Howard Jr., three daughters: Clara Kerns, Mary
Shade, and Carol Hutchins. He also had eight grandchildren and
sixteen great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Howard D. Buchanan HI, 205 Sugartree Street,
Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

  • Published on Jan 1, 1996
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