HAROLD T. PARISH, JR. 'BUD' (as printed by Laurel D. Runals, Route 4, LaGrange, Ohio) Farmer dead in Tractor upset! It started out to be just another normal day at the Parish home at Madison Center, Michigan June 14, 1965. Harold T. Parish, Jr. a farmer, died at 10:30 A.M. He was 26. The tractor he was operating tipped over, pinning him to the ground at the neck. Cororner Edward Brown pronounced Mr. Parish dead at the scene. Mr. Parish is survived by his wife, Marie, 22 and a son. His father, Harold T. Parish, Sr., a big husky, quick thinking able-bodied man, removed parts from the tractor in order to free his son, but his efforts were hopeless until more help could be summoned I to the scene to remove the tractor from the body. Harold Parish and his father were very close - I mean to say they worked well together and got a lot accomplished in a day. In 1957, he was associated with his father in the Parish Grain and Elevator at Madison Center. He was a member of all the Masonic Bodies, and a lifetime member of the National Threshers Assn. Things were not the same this year at the NTA Reunion as the smoke rose from the huge steam engines high above the grand stand - knowing a cheerful little engineer who always greeted you with a smile wouldn't be there. I'm sure anyone knowing him as I did, have not only lost a very dear friend, but one who was always willing to do a little more than his share to make things more pleasant for everyone concerned.
JOHN STEPHEN of 1000 South 36th St., Terre Haute, Indiana died Nov. 1, 1965 at the age of 60. He was a Pennsylvania engineer. He is survived by his wife. He was a steam fan and attended steam shows in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Rev. Harry H. Howell, a Pennsylvania locomotive engineer officiated.
ALBERT J. AHLERS of 72 Home Ave., Terre Haute, Indiana died November 15, 1965 at the age of 82. He was a retired Pennsylvania locomotive engineer. He worked for the R. R. for 35 years. He is survived by his wife Hazel and a daughter, Katherine and a son, Albert, Jr. Rev. Harry H. Howell, a Pennsylvania locomotive engineer officiated. Mr. Ahlers attended shows in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio. (Sent in by Rex Johnson, 4017 Park Ave., North Terre Haute, Indiana 47805.)
ALLEN G. WEIDMAN, 75, of R. D. 3, Wooster, Ohio died January 10 at his home after a period of poor health. He was a fanner and a thresher for more than 25 years and held a stationary engineer's license for the past 56 years. He had operated the first electric light plant in Orrville. He is survived by his wife, three sons. 10 grandchildren and a brother.
To the Beautiful Memory of WALTER LAURANCE FRASE he passed away on January 4, 1966 at the St. Joseph Hospital, Hartford, Wisconsin at the age of 76 years. He was born in Erin township, Washington County, Wisconsin in 1889 and spent most of his entire lifetime farming, threshing, sawmilling. He had such engines as return and direct flue Minneapolis, Nichols & Shepard, Russell, Port Huron and Reeves. Threshers were Case, Avery, Rumely, Peerless and Case. Also, A. W. Stevens 10 roll corn shredder No. 6 and No. 8 Birdsall Hullers. His most outstanding rig was a 20 hp Minneapolis Canadian Type Engine and 32-54 Avery Separator. He is survived by his wife, Threase and one son, Laurance and daughter-in-law and 7 grandchildren and one brother, Arthur. Sent in by Arthur J. Frase, R. R. 1, Reeseville, Wisconsin.
OMER BROWN, formerly of Markleville, Indiana, passed away on January 4, 1966. Omer was a good engineer and had run one of my engines for several years at the steam shows. He also was one of your loyal subscribers. Omer was kind, congenial and I seriously doubt if he had one enemy, for he was an all around good fellow. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Sent in by Davis Sullivan, Markleville, Indiana.
SAMUEL K. STILLINGS, 83, died October 14, 1965 due to a heart attack. He was born March 22, 1882 in a sod house about 14 miles south of Valley City, North Dakota. He was probably one of the first to plow with a steam engine in North Dakota. He was a real steam enthusiast and enjoyed attending the Mt. Pleasant reunion as well as other threshing bees in neighboring areas. He was an auto mechanic in Madelia, Minnesota from 1922 until retiring in 1962.
EDDIE A. REISNER, age 54 of Rose Hill, Illinois died Tuesday, February 22, 1966. He leaves his widow, Ruby and a son Kenneth, Hidalgo, daughter Mrs. Dorothy Grass and mother and 6 grandchildren. Eddie was an active member of the Steam Engine Reunions for years. The Huber was a favorite with him as his dad had owned several. He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Courtesy of M. W. Tichener, Charleston, Illinois.