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 25413.
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 Mey.
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 Advance engines.
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 46701.
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 Russell Museum.
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 Threshers.
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 Aunt.
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, KY 42431.
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 inspiration.
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.