THE GOLDEN ROLL


| March/April 1980



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.