By Staff

LOREN R. SWEET, 83, of 3142 W. Kipp Road, Mason, Michigan died
November 21 at Mason General Hospital. He was known as
‘Buster’ by all his friends and was a steam thresher for
over 42 years. He quit threshing in 1942 and devoted most of his
time to the family farm. The land has been in the family since
1837. He is survived by one daughter, 3 grandchildren and 6 great

JAMES H. LORENZ of Garvin, Minnesota died September 1, 1965. He
was interested in the steam history and contributed to the Iron-Men
Album Magazine.

HENRY P. PETERSON of R. D. 1, Baltic, South Dakota died on
September 18, 1965 at the age of 74. Henry was a thresher in Sioux
Falls and Canton area for years and attended Steam Shows whenever
he was able. Sent in by Wm. Gayer, Rock Valley, Iowa.

ELI H. BRENKMAN, 77, a retired farmer and vice president of
Brenkman Oldsmobile-Cadillac Company of 812 Lawndale Avenue,
Pelsin, Illinois died at the Pelsin Memorial Hospital Wednesday,
October 20, 1965. He had been in ill health 16 months, following a
stroke. He was well-known in Illinois and Iowa thresher reunions
and shows. He is survived by his wife Esther and three sons. He was
a member of the Tremont Apostolic Christian Church of Tremont,
Illinois. The burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Tremont,

WILLIAM M. (BILLY) BELL, 97, a former resident of North Eastern
Rush County died November 1, 1965 at the Masonic Home in Franklin,
Indiana, where he had been living the last 11 years. He was a
retired farmer and thresherman, and spent his entire life in Rush
and Henry counties in Indiana. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana
on November 12, 1868; however, he spent most of his early life in
Ging on a farm in the Plum Creek Neighborhood. Mr. Bell was a
member of the Plum Creek Christian Church for 79 years. He was also
a member of the Snow Masonic Lodge #305 at Falmouth, Indiana and a
past master having served three times as Master of his Lodge. Being
one of the oldest members of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana,
he was presented an Honorary Membership card of gold by the club
several years ago. Mr. Bell always attended the annual reunions
each year and rode on one of the engines in the parade. In 1964 at
the Rushville reunion, Mrs. Harry Alyea presented him with a
handkerchief on which she had hand-painted a Russell Engine. This
handkerchief was his most prized possession. His ill health
prevented him from attending the 1965 meeting of August sixth
through eighth at Rushville, Indiana. He is survived by a daughter,
two sons, four grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren.
Burial was at Raleigh, Indiana. Courtesy of Ray Jones, Summan,

EMIL F. IHDE, 66, 145 N. Oak St., died Sunday, September 12,
1965, at his home after a long illness. A resident of Reedsburg for
25 years, he was born in the town of Ironton. He was a painter and
decorator and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Survivors
include his wife, Lillian, two brothers, and a sister.

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