| March/April 1969

  • 60 HP Case Steamer
    Frank P. Schaeffer of Washburn, Iowa with his 60 HP Case Steamer of 1910 vintage, during Antique Acres Steam Show of 1968. Picture sent in by Mrs. Robert Fischels, 327 Idaho St., Waterloo, Iowa 50703.
    Mrs. Robert Fischels
  • Mr. Charles L. Cramer

    Gil Johnson
  • Steam engine
    Courtesy of Virgil Sawyer, Route 7, Box 83, La Porte, Indiana. Pictured is Virgil with his steam engine. It was taken at the Annual Steam Show at Hesston, Indiana on Labor Day weekend.
    Virgil Sawyer

  • 60 HP Case Steamer
  • Mr. Charles L. Cramer
  • Steam engine

Mr. Frank P. Schaefer, 77 of Washburn, Iowa, passed away of a heart attack on Sunday, October 27. Funeral services were at 10:30 A. M. at Immaculate Conception Church, Thursday, October 31 in Gilbertville, Iowa, with the Rev. Kenneth Ryan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Schaefer: was a thresherman for the better part of his life. In fact we believe he was one of the last to thresh with a complete steam rig in Black Hawk County, Iowa. He was a member of 'Antique Acres' and a very enthusiastic showman. His last was a 60 HP Case of 1912 vintage, which was his pride and joy. Even when, due to his infirmity during this years show, he was barely able to get around, he still with help, would climb on the case and take the throttle for while.

He owned two threshers, one 40-62 case, built in 1906. The first steel case thresher to be sold in Black Hawk County, Iowa. The other was a Rumely 28-46 Thresher. He also owned a two hole corn sheller.

Mr. Schaefer was an enthusiastic collector of all kinds of articles such as clocks, pictures, all of very old vintage. He was a veteran of World War I, a member of The American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was well known in north east Iowa and as a showman will be sadly missed by the people of 'Antique Acres'. Submitted by: Mrs. Robert Fischels, 327 Idaho Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703.

C. A. (Ed) Anderson, New Rock-ford, North Dakota, passed away December 8, 1968, he was 82. Ed, as we all knew him was a charter member and organizer of Central North Dakota Steam Threshers. He was a power in the 'Threshers' from the start, had a steam engine, several threshers and many other items in the show and was always interested in the show. He was a respected and influential member of the community and had many friends. He was a former member of the state legislature and had always been active in many community projects. A son, Earl, his wife and a daughter survive. Sent in by O. R. Aslakson, New Rockford, North Dakota.

Ralph Shelburne, 69, passed away October 27, 1968. He was a life-long resident of Zionsville, Indiana. Mr. Shelburne had his own machine shop, working on farm machinery. As a hobby he built miniature threshing machines and entering them in various parades. He was an active member in Threshing organizations. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Colleen Shepard of Indianapolis, and Miss Judy Shelburne of Zionsville and three grandchildren. Sent in by Miss Judy Shelburne.

John J. Bash, 72, of Greenfield, Indiana passed away recently. He had owned and operated the Bash Machine Shop in Greenfield for 25 years. He was a member of Pioneer Thresher Club and Live Steamers Club. He is survived by two sisters and three brothers. Sent in by Forest O. Sharrett, Fortville, Indiana.


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