THE GOLDEN ROLL


| March/April 1978



ROBERT A. KIPFER, died July 11, 1977. He had been president of the Threshermen's Reunion and member of the board for many years. Bob was a real craftsman in many ways. He had a way with words that not everyone possesses. He could write about an event he had experienced long ago as if it were yesterday. His craftsmanship did not end with words. He was a hand at other crafts as well. He could use his hands to polish off a tune on the organ or to polish off a scar from a piece of furniture. He could clean out a swimming pool filter or repair a Swiss music box. He was as at home with a lathe making wooden parts for little toys as he was with a roller organ playing 'Star Spangled Banner.' But, most of all Bob was concerned with the passing of time. His clocks were a symbol of that. One of Bob's views of life was 'I still think, while doing my tour of duty here on earth, I have seen more progress than a man living in any other equal time. What lies ahead for my descendants is hard to guess, but I think it will be good and may put us to shame for progress.'

Bob had a love of farming and a love of kids which he combined in his little Swiss toy shop which he brought to the Hobby Building of the reunions with his wife, Hazel.

Now if there is such progress to be guessed for our descendants, what is ahead for Bob and for others who have died in the faith and gone to be with the angels and the ancestors? The Apostle Paul expresses it this way 'Death has lost its sting and it has been robbed of victory through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.' So you see there is much more to cling to than a precious memory and a wholesome respect for Bob Kipfer. We also anticipate, accept and joyfully await a reunion hope you don't miss the tremendous appropriateness of that Bob has spent 28 years working for reunions, and that is just what will reunite us.

(This has been some excerpts from The Rev. Kennent Dobson's eulogy.) Submitted by H. E. Beckemeyer, Route 5, Champaign, Illinois 61820.

MODE HAMPTON, 78, Rt. 13, Clarksville, Tennessee, died November 30, 1977 following a heart attack. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Odd Fellows and charter member and one of the original directors of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association. He was a plumber by trade but was greatly interested in steam. The association acquired several pieces of equipment through him, a Keck-Gonnerman 32' separator, a boiler for the Corliss engine and other items. He owned a Frick stationary engine and a Huber portable that he exhibited at the shows. He was a great help in putting on the show. He did most of the boiler testing and was always on hand to help with any repairs or anything else that anyone needed. He was a top notch mechanic. Four years ago he completely rebuilt a 65 HP Case, a Frick and a Nichols & Sheppard engine and at the time of his death was looking for another engine to refurbish. Somehow he would always find parts for them. He knew just how and where to get things done.

Mr. Hampton was a gentleman of the old school. His family and many friends will miss him, especially the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association, to whom he was so faithful. Submitted by Billy M. Byrd, 369 South Harrig Street, Madisonuille, Kentucky 42431.