LAWRENCE HEMPSTEAD of Paris, Missouri passed away on December 2, 1974 in New York J.F.K. Airport. He was on his way to the Holy Land, which was one of his great wishes. He died of a heart attack. He was still president of the Mark Twain Old Threshers and was making plans for the 1975 show.
Submitted by Mrs. Lawrence Hempstead and Family of Paris, Missouri 65275.
ROY C. MITCHELL died November 23, 1974 at the age of 85. He was one of the Iron-Men Album Family.
Submitted by Mrs. May Mitchell, 3500-8th Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501.
J. HERMAN LAYTON, 82, of Federalsburg, Maryland passed away suddenly, September 12, 1974 at his home. He was one of the original members of the Eastern Shore Threshermen and Collectors Association, Inc. He was a farmer and retired sawmill operator. He has used steam engines to thresh wheat, shell corn, pull stumps, run a sawmill and to run pea viners. He had owned four different engines. He attended several of the steam shows in Maryland and Pa.
Submitted by Brenda Layton, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632
LOREN R. HAMPSMIRE, 72, of 1865 W. Division St., Decatur, Illinois died July 7 in St. Mary's Hospital. He was a retired engineer with the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Mr. Hampsmire liked steam engines and had in past years had his engines at the Pontiac Show. He and Mrs. Hampsmire attended various steam shows and made many friends. He will be missed by us all. Submitted by John Fields of Decatur, Illinois 62526.
CHESTER S. WINTIN, 64, Manilla, Indiana passed away November 10, 1974 in University Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a member of Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Rushville, Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc., Portland, Indiana and Darke County Steam Threshers Association Inc., Greenville, Ohio.
Submitted by Zane Prifogle, R.R. 6, Connersville, Indiana 47331.
ELD. HUGH J. RUSSELL went to Heaven on November 12, 1974. A retired Baptist preacher, he was also a building contractor and a farmer. He had run a threshing ring in his earlier years. His father operated the ring before him and later a sawmill. Both enjoyed shows in central Illinois. Mr. Russell began to enjoy the hobby more in later years as the third generation, his son, became an avid John Deere collector. While brother Russell enjoyed seeing how farming methods changed, he enjoyed preaching about God's love that never changes.
Submitted by Jim Russell, Box 84, Oblong, Illinois 62449.
MALVIN H. FELLOWS, 89, of 4865 Onondaga Road, Onondaga Hill, New York died November 2, 1974 at his home. Mr. Fellows was formerly service manager for the J. I. Case Company in Syracuse. He was chief stationary engineer for the Onondaga County Home 42 years. He was a charter member of the New York State Steam Engine Association.
Submitted by Lester C. Norris, 33 North Street, Marcellus, New York
GEORGE J. MESSNER, 82, of Hamar, North Dakota died September 11, 1974. He was a well known thresherman in the Hamar community, having operated steam engines for many years in the early days. He was a charter member of Central North Dakota Steam Threshers and spent much time and labor helping get the show started in 1959 and thereafter.
Submitted by Filo Henssler, McHenry, North Dakota 58464.
FRED TYSON passed away July 8, 1974 with a massive heart attack. He loved to get old engines and make them run and paint them. They look like new. I have a grandson who loves these engines and we want to keep up this work in memory of my husband.
Submitted by Mrs. Hazle Tyson, 123 7th S.E. Aburn, Washington 98002