| July/August 1977

EDWIN M. IRONS, age 64, died March 22, 1977, after having been in failing health for three years. Ed was an active member and hard worker in the Boonville Indiana Steam and Gas Engine Club, serving on the Board of Directors and also as secretary. He and a neighbor, Agustus Kercher, bought a Keck Gonnerman steam engine, almost beyond repair. Edwin restored it like new and it was used to thresh wheat at the show. Mr. Irons owned and operated a sawmill many years. In his younger days, he and his father owned and operated a threshing machine and threshed wheat many years. The steam engine is now at the show grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He will be greatly missed. Submitted by his wife, Essie Irons, R. R. #13, Denzer Road, Euansville, Indiana 47712.

CHARLES E. DITMER, 88, of Greenville, Ohio, and owner of The Steam Engine Beauty Ship of Greenville passed away February 28, 1977 after suffering a couple of strokes. Charley was well known around at the different steam shows and he and his son, Sylvester, organized the Darke County Steam Show. Charley was well known by his cigar smoking and also called the Advance Man. He is very much missed by his family and friends. Submitted by his son, Sylvester B. Ditmer, 318 Hart Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

R. BEN HAYES, 85, of 106 Linden Street, Eckford Village, Route 3, Homer, Michigan passed away February 21, 1977 after a two months illness. He was a life resident all his life of this township. He was self-employed thresher since age 12 of which he was quite proud.

Sent in by his neighbors, Burdette and May Walker, Route 3, Homer, 407 Maple Street, Eckford Village, Homer, Michigan 49245.

CLARENCE E. MITCHAM, 76, of Route 1, Box 409, Mead, Washington died March 5,1977 after a long illness with cancer. He was a member of Western Steam Friends Assn., Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs and a retired machinist from G. N. Ry. (now Burlington-Northern Ry) and was a dedicated steam fan, plus teaching square dancing, writing his experiences, tracing and publishing family history, etc. Submitted by Walt Thayer, Box 2175, Wenatchee, Washington 98801.

ALFRED MARTIN GUNDER-SON died September 13,1976 in the Osseo Area Hospital after suffering a stroke two days previously. He was 78. He was best known as owner and operator of Gunderson Chevrolet in Pleasantville and Osseo, Wisconsin from which he retired in 1971. During his last years, he renewed his interest in steam engines, an interest he had gained from his father who was a farmer and thresher. He made frequent appearances at festivals and steam engine demonstrations with his engines, providing people of our decade with a glimpse of progress in American agriculture. He attended many shows every fall and was especially interested in Strum Steam Engine Days where he displayed his engines every year. Submitted by Mrs. Alfred Gunderson, Osseo, Wisconsin 54758.


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