The GOLDEN ROLL


| July/August 1987



CHESTER J. STERRETT,. died February 18, 1987 following heart surgery. Born December 5, 1914, he was a farmer and former school bus driver of Battle Ground, Indiana.

By the mid-1960's Mr. Sterrett was well into the hobby of collecting and restoring antique agricultural machinery. Chester was a generous man who enjoyed sharing his hobby with others. For 14 years he exhibited his steam traction engines at the Indiana State Fair, first using a 1920 Case 40 HP, Serial No. 34945. Later he used a 1927 Baker 21-75 HP, Serial No. 17786.

Chester was one of the 1981 organizers of the Battle Ground, Indiana Steam and Gas Engine Show, held annually ever since. He also was a participant at the Lafayette Home Hospital Fair, as well as at the Indiana communities of Winamac and Portland, and at Greenville, Ohio to name a few.

Each summer the Sterretts would hold their own threshing bee on their beautiful farm, using a steam traction engine and a grain separator. On display and operating were numerous internal combustion tractors.

In a larger sense, Chester planted more than wheat seed to be threshed later each July. He planted seeds of friendship by his warm, dynamic, and magnetic peronality. To him, each friend was someone special. He taught us the meaning of the word 'fellowship'.

'THAT WHICH YE SEW, YE SHALL ALSO REAP.'