EDGAR D. FLOWERS (Posey) passed into the land of the 'Golden Whistles' on Thursday, October 11, 1990. He was born October 20, 1903 near New Athens, Ohio and was the son of W.R. & Alice Dicker-son Flowers. He is survived by one son, William, four granddaughters; Karen Carlier, Charlene Miller, Cheryl Ludwig and Lori Applegarth, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Golda Beck Flowers, in 1988.
A Methodist by faith, he belonged to the Dickerson Methodist Church. He was active in steam & gas engine shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with the Stumptown Steam Threshers and the Ohio Valley Flywheels (Barrett School) being his home shows. He spent many days helping establish the present Stumptown showground's, buildings, etc. For several years, he shelled corn to grind into cornmeal from the 'rodent free' corn crib.
Since childhood, he had a long love for steam engines but never had the opportunity to handle one until he retired and bought the 24 HP Greyhound. This led to a love for gas engines and tractors. His last 20 years were devoted to the hobby.
He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
Submitted by his son, William Flowers, Sec. Stumptown Steam Threshers.
With the passing of ARTHUR G. HECHT, 82, of Frankenmuth, Michigan, steam hobbyists and steam threshermen of the area lost a knowledgeable and valued friend.
Arthur Hecht was born on January 8, 1908 in Frankenmuth, Michigan, where he farmed his entire life. He is survived by several sisters, many nieces and nephews, several sisters-in-law, and a brother, Ruben, also an avid steam thresherman.
Arthur died at his home in Frankenmuth on October 29, 1990, after a lingering illness.
Arthur got into the steam hobby some thirty-five years ago, when he acquired a 19-65 HP Port Huron steam engine and restored it to perfection. He exhibited his engine regularly at shows held by the Saginaw Valley Live Steam Association and by the Thumb Region Steam and Gas Engine Association. He was a lifetime member of both clubs. Art also had his engine in the Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Parade on numerous occasions.
Arthur was a mechanic par excellence and an avid steam thresherman. Those of us who knew him well often remarked that he was 'born with a wrench in his hand.' As an example, Arthur designed and built a pump for hydrostatically testing his engine. To Art, the steam engine was the ultimate in engines. Art thoroughly enjoyed the companionship of fellow steam club members, as well as renewing acquaintances at various steam shows in Michigan and in neighboring states, and in Canada.
Arthur, familiarly known as 'Little Arthur,' in contrast to another Arthur of larger dimensions, enthusiastically shared his steam knowledge and experience with visitors and friends. For a beginner in the steam hobby, Art proved to be a knowledgeable and mature advisor. It was always with a certain degree of enthusiasm that Art would take a steam buddy or two on some kind of a 'scouting' or 'inspection mission,' looking up a new engine arrival in the area, or checking on the progress made in restoring some historic locomotive (as No. 1225 at Owosso), or visiting a steam or water powered sawmill he had heard about.
The legacy left by Arthur will long be treasured in our midst.
Respectfully submitted by a fellow steam club member and friend, Elmer G. Bickel, 2224 Taft Street, Saginaw, Michigan 48602.
Engine land lost a true friend with the passing of ARLO JURNEY of Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 4,1990. Born 77 years ago, Arlo gained his knowledge of steam and gasoline engines while farming in the Vulcan, Alberta area.
When the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan began their 'Pioneera' tractor shows in the 1950's, Arlo's experience enabled him to operate many of their machines. Later, in 1972, he became a charter member of Pioneer Acres club at Irricana, Alberta, contributing greatly to their success. He was also a charter member of the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, and had a wonderful visit with Helen Case Brigham and Brig during the 1990 Pioneer Acres Show. Always ready to help, with a warm and friendly smile, he will be missed by many, many people.
He is survived by his wife Lillian, a daughter Sylva, a sister, Erma Erb, and her husband Mel, and a stepson, Gary Richardson.
By Tom Kempling, Box 700, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada T0J 0Y0.