Emmet H. Drewel, Labadie, Mo., passed away July 12, 2001, at the
age of 93. He had a 20 HP Keck Gonnermann that he showed for years
at Rosebud and at the Montgomery County and Warren County shows. He
was active in the community, in the church, the fire department,
the Masonic Lodge, and as an engineer. The last few years, as he
got older, he was assisted by two close friends, Stuart DeWalt and
Don Luehr. Emmet enjoyed seeing his friends at the shows. He was
also a very successful farmer. On the day of Emmet’s funeral,
Don Luehr brought his model engine and gave a whistle salute, three
at the church and three at the cemetery, as Emmet’s family
requested. With the help of his friends, Emmet enjoyed his last
show at Rosebud in July 2000. He will be missed by all who knew
Submitted by Bob Hart, 421 W. 18th St., Hermann, MO
Lawrence W. Nachtrab, 87, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at his
lifelong home in Holland, Ohio.
He was born April 4, 1914, in Holland, Ohio, to Henry and Emma
(Kohler) Nachtrab. He was a farmer and threshed with his father and
brother until 1947. They ran three threshing circuits. He and his
father owned several steam engines and threshing machines. He knew
famed steam engine builder A.D. Baker of Swanton, Ohio.
He was a lifetime member of the National Thresher’s
Association of Wauseon, Ohio, and the Five Point Thresher’s
Reunion of Perrysburg, Ohio. He also attended many threshing
reunions with his father.
He was my steam mentor and father, and loved to tell stories
about threshing and how the steam engines operated. He escaped the
custom of being the first bachelor through the door of the farm
being threshed that had an eligible daughter, a wishbone placed
above the door signaling a possible match for marriage. On Aug. 7,
1965, at the age of 51, he married Delores J. Sipes.
He is survived by his wife, Delores, a son, Larry, Toledo, Ohio,
two daughters, Emma (John) Turnage, Nevis, Minn., and Susan
Nachtrab, Holland, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Machensie and Alex
Nachtrab, Holland, Ohio.
Submitted by Emma Nachtrab
(Editor’s Note: Lawrence W. Nachtrab was also a charter
subscriber to Iron-Men Album)
Robert L. Roberts Jr. of Easton, Maryland passed away Oct. 24,
2001 at the age of 81.
Bob enjoyed a lifelong hobby of building and showing steam
models. He and his wife, Edith, attended many shows displaying live
steam models he built, including his 2-inch scale Case steam
engine, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and locomotive.
He was an active member of the Eastern Shore Threshermen &
Collectors Assoc, Inc., having served on the organization’s
board of directors for 30 years. He also served as announcer during
He could always be found with his camera handy, enjoying another
of his hobbies, photography.
Along with the many steam shows he attended, he also enjoyed
sailing, model boating and Ham radio.
Besides his wife, Edith, he is survived by a son, Robert L.
Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Brenda Stant, secretary, Eastern Shore
Threshermen & Collectors Assoc, Inc., 5946 Federalsburg Hwy.,
Federalsburg, MD 21632