WALTER C. ‘FRANK’ ANDERSON, 79, died July 25, 1989. He
was a lifetime member of the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine
Association at Berryville, VA. He had been the sawyer for the show
since its beginning in the 60 ‘s. He had been a lumberman all
his life and had recently retired as a sawyer for McFarland’s
Saw Mill in Winchester, VA. He is survived by a son and grandson
and several brothers and sisters.
Submitted by Mrs. Paul Giles, Rt 1, Box 122, Bunker Hill, WV
CHARLES ‘JINKS’ WINEBRENNER, 88, of Ligonier, Indiana,
passed away October 22, 1989. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, one
daughter, Maralena Mey, and two grandsons, Chuck Mey and John
Charles was born August 8,1901, on a rural Albion, Indiana farm.
His father bought a new Advance Steam engine to power his threshing
machine, which probably kindled the fire of Charles’ love for
Riding his bike to and from work, he got a job at age 13 at the
Ford dealer in Albion. He later went to work at an auto repair
garage in Albion.
In 1921 Charles Winebrenner, Ed Pankop, and Paul Thomas bought
the Blazed Trail garage in Ligonier, Indiana.
He married Lucy Cler, his wife for 65 years, in 1924.
They became full owners of the Blazed Trail Garage in 1927. They
ran the business until 1981 when they had a large auction to sell
out the garage.
He owned a Travel Air 2000 C4949 Airplane from 1929 to 1940. It
was the first airplane in the Ligonier area. He was a member of the
OX5 Aviaton Pioneers.
He owned a 16HP Advance engine, had 1/2 interest in a Nichols
and Shepard engine, owned and operated a sawmill for many years,
and owned a 1900 Locomobile Steam Car, which was the first car in
Ligonier and the first 2 seat car in Noble County, Indiana.
The Advance engine and the steam car were shown for many years
at the Old Time Threshers and Sawmill Operators Show north of Fort
Wayne, Indiana on the Jim Whitby Farm. The Advance engine was shown
at the Northeast Indiana Steam & Gas Association Show at
LaGrange, Indiana and was operated by his grandsons.
He will be missed by family and friends.
Submitted by Larry J. Palmer, R. R. 1, Box 453, Albion, IN
HERMAN H. ROSEBROCK, 75, of Metamora, Ohio, died on Monday, July
3, 1989 in Flower Hospital, Toledo, Ohio, after a lingering
illness. He was a World War II Veteran. He is survived by his wife,
Eva, two sons, a daughter, a brother, and three grandchildren.
Herman was a member of the National Threshers Association, Inc.,
serving as one of its trustees at the time of his death. He was an
active participant in his association’s annual reunion at
Wauseon, Ohio, and readily shared his steam knowledge and
experience with visitors and friends.
At one time, he owned a ten-ton Baker road roller and a 19 H. P.
Port Huron traction engine, and at the time of his death, a 23-90
Baker traction engine. His experience as a boiler maker and as a
mechanic served his steam hobby well. He had retired as a
stationary steam engineer from the Dana Corporation.
Herman was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Metamora, Ohio
and had served on its church council.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 6 at Faith
Lutheran Church, Metamora, Ohio, with Rev. Kenneth Hagan
officiating. Interment was in Amboy Township Cemetery.
His memory will long be treasured in our midst.
Submitted by a friend and fellow steam hobbyist, Elmer G.
Bickel, 2224 Taft Street, Saginaw, Michigan 48602.
CLARENCE W. (CURL) SAFFELL, SR., being one of five children, was
born in 1906 and entered into the ‘land of the Golden
Whistles’ on October 30, 1989. He spent his entire life in
Belmont County, Ohio and married Alice Morgan, an area school
teacher, in 1927. They raised two sons and three daughters.
Curl bought his first tractor, a Fordson, at the age of 16 and
powered a stationary baler behind the ‘Donner Steam Threshing
Rig’. He was quite a horseman, having worked horses on the
construction of an area pipeline and also excavated several
basements with horses, and slip-scraper and also logged.
In 1929, he bought his first farm and dairy-farmed for 45 years
along with custom threshing and custom saw milling. Curl owned six
Red River special threshers in his lifetime and mostly threshed
with Rumely S., Huber S. and Int. tractors. He acquired a 12 HP
Russell steamer which was his pride and joy. It is now part of the
Curl owned several antique tractors, cross motor Frick, John
Deere G and a couple of Hubers. He was a devoted and tireless
member of Stumptown Steam Threshers, having been a director for
several years and the club’s original sawyer.
He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by William Flowers, Sec, Stumptown Steam
WILLIE JOE EMMICK, 82, of Lewisport, Kentucky, died July 21,
1989. He was a recently retired lifelong farmer and a member of St.
Columbia Catholic Church in Lewisport. He lived simply, was
plain-spoken, and was admired by a wide circle of friends in many
walks of life.
Mr. Emmick’s farming practices and working skills gained
recognition as he adapted from true horse-powered agriculture to
the era of modern high-performance machines. Along the way, he
acquired a love for steam engines, the cumbersome but durable power
source that started the revolution to mechanized farming.
At the age of 11, he was firing a 50 HP Case engine which he and
his father used to power a threshing machine. The engine didn’t
set idle in the winter. It was used to pull a sawmill and steam
tobacco plant beds. He made several miniature working steam engines
in his machine shop.
He was a member of the Tenn-Ky Threshermen’s Assn. at Adams,
Tennessee and the Antique Steam & Gas Engine Club of
Boonesville, Indiana where he exhibited his homemade sawmills and
other equipment. Mr. Emmick was very active in community service,
belonging to several farm and civic organizations. He leaves his
wife, a son and a daughter, five grandchildren, and a devoted
This kind, gentle, and knowledgeable man will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held July 24 at St. Columbia Church and
Emmick was laid to rest in Lewisport Cemetery. His shoes will be
hard to fill.
Submitted by Billy Byrd, 369 S Harrig Street, Madisonville,
CHARLES P. HARTMAN of Rocky Comfort, MO died October 28, 1989 at
age 92. Charlie never ceased to amaze those who knew him with his
wealth of knowledge and wisdom on a wide range of subjects.
He was a Christian man with a witty sense of humor a gentle man.
It seems unfortunate that his caliber of human being is dwindling
too fast into a mighty precious few. The doctors and nurses who
attended him during the last weeks of his life found him to be an
The cartoon on this page is one from his autobiography, which is
a masterpiece of personal history with drawings.
He is survived by his wife, Alma Hartman.
We shall always remember Charlie’s marvelous zest for life,
his devotion to God, his sparkling personality, and his eternal
youthall undimmed right to the end.
Submitted by Ann (Mrs. Bruce G. ) Gilbert, Route 1, Rocky
Comfort, MO 64861.