AMOS B. STAUFFER died suddenly on the morning of November 10, 1979. He was President of the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Kinzer, Pa., until two weeks earlier when he stepped down. He will be remembered for his quiet, but effective manner and also for leaving the organization financially sound, with little indebtedness. He was also president of Stauffer Diesel of New Holland, Pa., and has put Deutz tractors on the map in this area.
In the afternoon of November 9 he had two guests from Holland who wanted information concerning horse farming. He took them to the farm of an Amish friend, Elias Byler. When they left Amos waved a cheery goodbye. In the evening, it being his wedding anniversary, he and Mrs. Stauffer attended church. He died the following morning at 1:05 A.M. He will be missed.
Submitted by Wilmer J. Eshleman, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602.
JOE DEAN, 53, of Mason, Michigan died suddenly September 2, 1979. Joe was a banker by trade, but steam was dear to his heart and he waited all year long to take off that coat and tie and put on that denim engineer's cap. He never missed a steam show within reach, going year after year to Wauseon, Ohio; Montpelier, and all those in Michigan. And how happy he was when our hometown of Mason began hosting the Michigan Steam Engine and Thresher's show. Grinning from ear to ear, he lived out there those few happy days of July.
Our little Lark was a familiar sight on the back fence row every year at Wauseon. A builder of unfinished steam engines and a dreamer of those beautiful days of steam gone by, Joe deeply mourned the passing of the steam engine and the steam locomotive which he considered the most beautiful machine and the most universally appealing piece of machinery ever invented by man. He knew and loved them all. And I, his wife . . . this city girl . . . was lovingly taught over our 29 years together to know and love them with him. As I pore over his 29 years worth of buttons, magazines (Iron-Men Albums), pictures, and memories I think what a wonderful thing is this steam world of yours . . . a hobby a man and his wife can share. You shall be missed.
Joe was a faithful subscriber of yours for all our married life. The arrival of the Iron-Men made for an extra special lunch-hour for him. And so I wanted to place this loving tribute to my own dearest steam buff, my Joe.
Submitted by Beverly Dean, 204 Mark Street, Mason, Michigan 48854.
MARSHALL C. WISKOW of Roseau County, Minnesota died July 26, 1979. His father, Fred, and uncle, Frank, owned and operated a steam threshing rig and as Marshall grew older he sat on the engine watching for hours. His family moved to this area in 1904 and his father bought another steam threshing rig and was threshing for the whole community. Marshall was along firing. In 1912 his mother became ill and his father had to stay home so Marshall took over the operation until 1917 when he was called into the service of World War I. When he came home he again resumed the operation of the steam threshing rig as well as used the steamer for power on a sawmill. He also did a lot of stump pulling and breaking. In 1936 he replaced the steamer with a Waterloo Boy gas engine and the old steamer stood idle until 1959 when his grandchildren wanted to see it run. So Marshall reflued it and threshed a few loads of bundles. Relatives and many neighbors came to watch and thus started the Northland Steam Threshing Bee.
Submitted by Viona Wiskow.
JOHN H. NAHRWOLD, 60, of New Haven, Indiana, died October 29. He was a charter member of the Ft. Wayne and New Haven Threshers which was later renamed the Maumee Valley Thresher and Steam Engine Association.
Submitted by Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Schrage, New Haven, Indiana 46774.
DENNIS ZOCK of Jefferson Center, Pennsylvania died at the age of 34 on October 16, 1979. He was a regular for the past few years to the shows of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society, Meadville, Northwestern Pennsylvania Steam and Old Equipment Association, Portersville and the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association, Hookstown.
Submitted by Carmen Tazzani.
ADOLPH KIRSCH of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin passed away September 14, 1979, at the age of 65. He was a farmer, thresherman and truck driver. He was an active member of Wisconsin Steam Antique Engine Club and a member and treasurer of the Northern Wisconsin Antique Steam and Gas Club.
Submitted by Ray Aprill, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin 54154.
CLARENCE (SLIM) WITHERS, Palmyra, Missouri passed away at his home of a heart attack on November 9. He was 74 years of age.
He was a member of the Montgomery County Old Threshers Association where he was serving on the Board of Directors.
He owned an Aultman-Taylor engine and enjoyed going to steam shows some of which were: Missouri River Valley Steam and Gas Show, Boonville; Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, Kansas; Lincoln County Old Threshers Association, Elsberry; Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Mark Twain Old Threshers Association, Paris; Western Illinois Theshers Inc., Hamilton.
He always enjoyed helping his friends and acquaintances with these steam engines.
Submitted by Mrs. Clarence Withers, R.R. 1, Palmyra, Missouri 63461.
BEN COLE, 90 years of age, died January 18,1979, in Albany, Oregon. He was a lover of steam threshing and steam powered machinery. He started threshing at age 14. He later owned a sawmill and also worked in the seed cleaning industry.
Submitted by Mary E. Cole, Albany, Oregon 97321.
HARVEY HUSTON, Winnetka, Illinois was not a member of any particular steam club that I know of, but he was author of two very good books about railroad logging in Northern Wisconsin in the early 1900s: 'Thunder Lake Narrow Gauge' and 'The Roddis Line.' Harvey died June 12, 1979 while playing golf.
Submitted by Walt Thayer.
S. A. DeWEES, affectionately known as 'Shelly' to his many friends passed away after a short illness on April 12, 1979. He and his brother, Hugh, started a trucking business in June 1932 and operated the firm known as Hawkeye Motor Express, Inc., until 1967 when they sold out and retired. Shelly was a long-time subscriber to the Iron Men Album and was a member of the Midwest Old Threshers since 1952. He never missed a reunion.
Submitted by T. H. DeWees, Yuma, Arizona 85364.