DEWEY L. ERWIN, who died February 14, 1982 at Harrison, Arkansas at the age of 82, started helping with the thresher and sawmill when he was 14 years old. He had to keep the business going while his older brother, Carl, served in the Army during World War I. They were in partnership from the end of that war until 1949.
During the 1920s they took turns, one staying in Arkansas running their own rig, while the other went to Kansas to run an engine for George Chancel, who was one of the best threshermen in the Ninnescah Valley. One year he went north from Kansas to Canada where he ran a large Reeves engine.
During World War II with his brother, he cut 500,000 walnut gun stocks at their Harrison sawmill. After the war the partnership was dissolved and he built a tool handle factory which he ran until 1969. After retiring he took a great interest in the Ozark Steam Engine Show near Springfield, Missouri and the Paunee, Oklahoma show.
Few men could handle a steam engine as skillfully as he could.
Submitted by Bonnie Moore, 1014 W. Chase Avenue, El Cajon, California 92020.
This is to note the passing of ROLLAND E. MAXWELL on April 6, 1982. Rolland was a dairy farmer and became semi-retired in 1972. He restored antique farm machinery for many years and participated in many shows from the early 50s until the early 70s. He attended steam and gas engine shows extensively until declining health prevented his attendance. He wrote and researched much on early agricultural equipment history and progress.
Submitted by his wife, Mrs. Catherine Maxwell and sons, Bruce and Hugh.
CLARENCE DENSER, 56, died suddenly December 29, 1981. He had been known in Canada and at many shows in the United States as the expert on the old reliable 30 x 60 Hart Parrs. Clarence grew up with Hart Parrs in his blood as his father went to Hart Parr school in Charles City, Iowa where the tractors were manufactured. In 1916 his father worked as a mechanic for the company at Grand Forks, North Dakota. As a youngster Clarence said his father always made him stand in the drive wheel to keep him out of the road when threshing.
From the Manitoba Agricultural Museum's origin in 1955 to 1981, Clarence spent many volunteer hours restoring many of the large gas tractors and performing the many behind the scene duties it takes to make a show and museum. Being the largest 4-day show of its kind in Canada, Clarence's main enjoyment was the threshing contest where steam versus gas. Clarence and his team were the champions with the best time in 1981. He, of course, operated the 30 x 60 Hart Parr along with the 36' x 56' Nichols & Shepard thresher his father bought new in 1926. Clarence farmed a good many years and ran his own threshing outfit for all the Long Plains Indian Reserve. He as well worked for the local municipality for 32 years.
He will be sadly missed.
Submitted by Jack W. Beamish, Box 271, Hamiota, Manitoba, Canada.
ROBERT F. SMITH, 63, of Woodland, Illinois died December 2, 1981. He was owner/operator of Smith Machine Shop, where he built his model steam engine, water wagon and scale model Ottawa 'C' corn sheller.
He taught his two sons, Robert and Richard, the machine trade at a very early age. They were always there to help when he worked on or exhibited his models. They inherited his love for steam.
Bob belonged to the Central States Thresherman's Association of Pontiac, since its second year and he exhibited there since 1954. He also exhibited in other shows, parades and local events. He was active in community affairs having served on the town and school boards. He was chief of the Woodland Fire Department for 44 years.
His sons and two grandsons will carry on the tradition and finish the steam engine he was working on.
He is sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by his family.
BEN JERABEK died March 22, 1982 at the age of 76. He owned and operated a machine shop at Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was a member of the Western Minnesota Thresherman's Association and was the holder of a Minnesota tractor engineer's license. Ben attended many steam shows in the central Minnesota area and always maintained an active interest in antiques and steam traction engines. He was the owner of a 2 cylinder Nichols & Shepard steam traction engine and several gas engines.
Submitted by Tom Terning, Valley Center, Kansas 67147.
CLINE E. 'JACK' KAUER of Wichita, Kansas died April 14, 1982 at the age of 77. Several strokes over the past years had Jack confined to the house most of the time. On his better days he would always get to the shop and work on his lathe. For the past 30 years Jack was involved in making patterns for the and -scale Case 65 steam traction engines. He also designed and built patterns for and machined the governor for the scale model engines. Jack had been instrumental in spreading the joy and fellowship of the steam engine brotherhood from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and from the Gulf of Mexico to the north reaches of Canada. In this vast area, Jack touched the lives of many, many people. Jack will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. However, we have the assurance in knowing that everytime someone fires up a model engine there will be a part of Jack with us at all times. Thank you Jack, for myself, and thank you for the rest of the , people involved in the brotherhood.
Submitted by Tom Terning, Valley Center, Kansas 67147.
JAMES P. KELLY, 56, of Zionsville, Indiana died March 28, 1982, in a hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana after a long illness and several operations for cancer in the past three years.
Jim will be remembered by his many friends of the several antique engine shows that he visited and loved. He always arrived early at the shows and helped anywhere he could to get the equipment ready for the opening day. His first love was his Crossmotor Case tractor which was featured last year at the Rushville show.
He was a charter member of the Mid-America Threshing & Antique, Inc., Tipton, Indiana, a member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minnesota, the Lake Region Steam Show at Dalton, Minnesota, the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Portland, Indiana, and a director of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc. at Rushville, He always attended these shows each year and others as well.
His many friends and club associates, as well as his family, mourn his death.
Submitted by Marjorie Ross, Secretary of Pioneer Engineers Club, P.O. Box 44, Paragon, Indiana 46166.