| July/August 1975

CHARLIE BORTE, Silverton, Oregon died January 14, 1975. Charlie was an ardent supporter and participated in Pacific Northwest Threshing Bees since their inception in the mid-fifties. His free lance Model 'T' truck was a well known and truly remarkable creation seen at all the shows in recent years. He had been a member of the Western Steam Fiends for about 20 years. When the Cowlitz Prairie Threshing Bee at Toledo, Washington was on the verge of floundering for want of a sponsor, Charlie, by sheer force of personality, plus a few gallons of his own sweat infused new life and enthusiasm in the area residents. Now, the Toledo Show is alive and well, one of the big shows of the Northwest.

Although Model 'T' restoration was his pet hobby, Charlie was fascinated by the other old iron, be it one lungers or old farm tractors, especially the steam. His demise leaves an irreparable breach in the ranks of Northwest hobbyists ones like Charlie come along about once in every 100 years.

Goodbye Friend, we envy you in your new 'Home up there'.

Submitted by Rodney M. Pitts, Route 2, Box 52, Silverton, Oregon 97381.

CLARENCE JOHNSON, 71, of Wyoming, Illinois died January 8, 1975 in Florida, where he was vacationing. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Old Threshers Association of Iowa, and a friend of many. He kept his steam engine, Advance, at Mt. Pleasant for many years until sold last year after the show.

Submitted by his close friend, Lloyd Lehman, 2201 Bloomington Road, East Peoria, Illinois 61611.


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