CHESTER B. NEVINGER, 65, of Orangeville Rd., Warsaw, New York
was stricken with a heart attack in his home February 15 and passed
away a short time later in the Wyoming County Community Hospital.
Mr. Nevinger, a thresher for 50 years, was the youngest member of
the Threshermen’s Association to own , and operate his own
equipment. He also owned a sawmill which he operated at
Gainesville, New York and was a reputable mechanic. He leaves his
wife, the former Iva Waite, and a brother Frank of Warsaw. Funeral
services were held in the Weeks Funeral Home with interment in
Warsaw. The Rev. Harold Burlin game officiated.
HERMAN CHRISTANSEN, 69, passed away suddenly on April 11, 1966.
He was secretary of the Will County Threshermens Association. He
was a retired farmer and very active in old time threshing and
LEONARD KINZINGER of Carlock, Indiana recently passed away. He
was 75 years old. Mr. Kinzinger was born at Carlock, Oct. 3, 1890,
the son of August and Minnie Rhodovi Kinzinger. He married Bernice
Irvin, May 23, 1915. She died August 2, 1961. He then married Mabel
Bischoff, July 30, 1964. Surviving are his wife; two brothers,
Earl, Minier: Dale, Bloomington; one sister, Mrs. Elva DonLouie,
Roseland, Florida. One brother and two sisters preceded him in
death. Mr. Kinzinger was a charter member of the Carlock Mennonite
Church. He was past president and director of the Thresherman’s
Reunion at Pontiac and was superintendent of the Carlock water
works at the time of his death.
CHARLES MATTHEWS of Lang staff, Ontario, Canada died suddenly
March 16 at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill. Survivors are his
wife, Mona Thompson, and two sons, Charles H. and Roger. He was a
contractor and house mover for many years. Mr. Matthews had an
outstanding collection of early machinery and each year of the
Steam-Era brought one or two ‘showpieces’ to Milton for
display. Some of his collection included vintage farm implements,
steam engines, locomotives, sewing machines, fire engines,
bicycles, buggies, a complete blacksmith shop, etc. He was one of
the earliest owners of hard tired chain drive trucks and among the
first to own a steam shovel in Toronto.
JOHN L. VIELEY, a member of Central States Threshermen
Association, passed away September 21, 1965 at the age of 79.
Primarily a farmer, John, in his later years of farming operated a
portable sawmill. He also ran a blacksmith shop shortly after
taking residence in Pontiac. John took an active part in the
Central States Threshermen Association until the time of his last
illness and was one of its directors at the time of his
WALTER EDWARD KIENOW of Randolph, Wisconsin, passed away on
February 12, 1966, born February 23, 1914. Passed away at the
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Hospital and was buried from the Methodist
Church at Randolph, Wisconsin, on February 17, 1966.
He was the proud possessor of a 24 Minneapolis steam engine
which he showed and ran at many of our Wisconsin shows, and was
also a member of many other shows and seen at many of these shows.
Will surely be missed by his many friends and especially by the
steam engine friends.
Obituary of Anthony B. Hood and his life work
ANTHONY HOOD was an active member of the Pioneer Engineer Club
of Indiana Inc. for many years. For many years he had his engine at
the show. After selling his threshing outfit, he did not lose
interest, and attended all meetings and shows. Each year at the 3
day show he was assigned to a work detail. This he done well and on
time each year.
He will be greatly missed at the show, as he could be depended
on to take care of all his work. In short, no one will take his
All the members of the club and everyone he came in contact
with, will miss him a great deal.
Anthony B. Hood has passed away. He was well known as a
thresherman and farmer. He was born on November 5, 1900 and was
taken from his family on January 22, 1966. Anthony started
threshing when very small. He started out helping his father who
was a thresherman. We were told that he took care and fired
traction engines, when he was so small that he could hardly climb
up on the rear platform of an engine. Anthony worked with his
father threshing till he was fifteen years old, and at this time he
bought his father’s Aultman-Taylor Threshing outfit. From this
time on he was in the threshing business for himself. His father
helped him a few years, but Anthony finally got so much threshing
to do that his Dad could not help him because it took to much time
from his farming operations.
Anthony threshed many years with Aultman-Taylor equipment. He
also had Gaar-Scott and Keck traction engines and threshers later
in his threshing career. He was very fond of Aultman-Taylor and
After steam engines started going out, Anthony threshed with
tractors many years. He used Huber, Keck, Rock Island, and
‘D’ John Deere Tractors to thresh with. Anthony always said
there was no power equal to the steady power from a traction steam
Anthony was a member of the American Thresherman Association for
many years. He later was a member of several Historical Steam
Engine Clubs until his death. Anthony was known very well for
‘his abilities to repair and adjust traction engines and
threshers. He had said many times that he enjoyed the music of a
traction engine and thresher at work more than anything else in the
world. Anthony had many long time friends in this threshing career.
He also was a well known farmer in the Rushville, Indiana
Community. He spent most of his life around the Rushville
Community. Sent in by John J. Menchhofer, 3520 W. 12th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222.