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.
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.
Amos Harned departed from this earth on October 22, 1968, he was 65 years old. He operated the Harned saw mill here on Long Island since 1930. It is a land mark on Long Island and is also the last operating sawmill on Long Island. It will now be run by Amos's brother Edward Harned. Amos had a large engine collection and was a subscriber to the Iron-Men Album and Gem Magazine for many years. He will be missed b\ many friends. Sent in by Mr. Andrew Burr.
Mr. George Lutz, a resident of Springfield, Nebraska, passed away at his home December 14, 1968, at the age of 75 years. He was born at Madison, Nebraska, June 25, 1893, when 2 years of age he came to a farm northwest of Springfield with his parents. With the exception of a few years spent in Colorado he farmed, threshed and shelled corn in his active farming days. Mrs. Lutz preceded him in death. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Paul (Shirley) Schuessler and a son John Lutz of Richfield. He was a good friend and neighbor by all who knew him. Sent in by Frank Pflug, Papillion, Nebraska.
Mr. Elmer M. Ransburg, 83, of Quincy, Michigan passed a way December 25, 1968, at the Community Health Center, Coldwater, Michigan. Sent in by Mrs. LeRoy W. Blaker, Alvordton, Ohio
Mr. Charles L. Cramer, 85, passed away on October 3, 1968, He was born in Fayette County, Penna. but moved to Somerset Co. on a farm near New Centerville, Penna. He was the founder of the New Centerville Threshermen's and Farmer's Jubilee, Also founder of the New Centerville Rural Volunteer Fire Co. and very much interested in many other civic affairs in the district. He is survived by his widow and 5 children. Sent in by Lloyd S. Croyle, R.D. 2, Hollsopple, Penna. 15935.
George W. T. Christian passed away December 17, 1968. He was born near Bunker Hill, Illinois, April 22, 1882. He was baptized May 14, 1882 and confirmed April 19, 1896 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church at Banker Hill. As a young man he farmed with his father and worked in nearby coal mines. In 1907 his family moved to Milbank, South Dakota, where they engaged in farming at the time Steam Power was commonly used for plowing as well as belt work. On June 12, 1912 he married Bertha Amelia Schwandt of Carona, South Dakota. To this union were born seven children all of whom survive and held mutual respect for their father. In the fall of 1922, he moved to Frederic, Wisconsin and later settled in the Tradlake area where he farmed and later worked for the Burnett County Highway Dept. His wife passed away April 15, 1927 and since that time made his home with two daughters, Rose (Mrs. Axel R. Johnson) of Minneapolis and Ellen, (Mrs. LeRoy Fisk) who resides on a farm near Frederic, He maintained an active interest in Steam Engines and could readily recall all he had worked with since his boyhood in Illinois. He attended many steam show in Ont Northwest and one at Austin Manitoba Canada. He attended 'The Old Threshers' Meet at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa fourteen times where he met old friend and made many new ones with whom he maintained steady correspondence. George was a constant reader of the Album and always alert for new subscribers. He will indeed be missed by many. He was buried at Carona beside his wife on December 21, 1968. Peace be to his memory. Submitted by his 'Old Buddy' Gil Johnson.