The Rev. Elmer Ritzman will, I know, share with me deepest
regret at the passing of our mutual personal friend, Floyd Clymer
at his home in California during late January.
Floyd Clymer was a truly remarkable man with unbounded energy,
enthusiasm and warmth and he made great contributions in the
recording and publication of the pictorial history of steam and gas
engines, tractors, farm machinery, early automobiles and
Floyd’s books are on every newsstand and in every book store
and library in the English speaking word and will be there long
into the future for the information of younger generations. It is
with fond memories and thanks for the heritage of information that
he leaves that we record the passing of one of America’s
greatest ‘Iron Men.’
Sent in by Mr. Denis McCormack.
Robert Hoover Geiser, grandson of the former Peter Geiser, Mfg.
of Peerless Threshing Machinery. Mr. Robert Geiser had recently
produced a copy of the Autobiography of Peter Geiser. Mr. Robert
Geiser passed away February 16, in the John Hopkins Hospital in
Baltimore. He had been ill and confined to the hospital for surgery
for the last month. He was extremely interested in Peerless
Sent in by his friend and pal, Mr. James E. Lancaster, P. 0. Box
415, Mt. Savage, Maryland 21545.
A. Glenn Thomas, 215 Woodland Drive, Forsyth Co., Cumming,
Georgia, passed away on September 1, 1969, while on a convention in
Vincennes, Indiana, of a heart attack.
Sent in by his daughter, Mrs. Cecil Merritt.
Milburn Lake, South Bend, Indiana, passed away February 27,
Sent in by Mr. Walter Esenwein, R. R. 1, Wakarusa, Indiana.
Jay Dale Bowers, 71, DeGraff, Ohio, passed away very suddenly in
February. He was an active model steam engine builder and an
amateur radio operator. He constructed 5 models, each one a little
larger and better than the preceding one, all without blueprints.
He was an old-fashioned, dyed in the wool steam enthusiast.
Sent in by Mrs. Abbie Bowers, Route 2, State Road 245, DeGraff,
Mr. Fred W. Heide, 79, of Niles, Michigan, passed away November
Sent in by Mrs. Fred W. Heide, 1307 Grant St., Niles,
Frank Van Duzer, 507 N. Butrick St., Waukegan, Illinois 60085,
passed away on January 8, 1970, after several months illness. He
was a machinist 1st class tool & dye maker at Johns Manville
before retiring in 1966.
Sent in by Miss Hazel Van Alstine, Waukegan, Illinois 60085.
John Baish, 57, passed away January 15, 1970. He will be sadly
missed by all who knew him, especially members of Williams Grove
Steam Engine Club where he always showed his nice double cylinder
Peerless Traction Engine.
Sent in by Mr. William Strayer, R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Penna.
Orville L. Stroh, 84, of Pleasant Lake passed away recently.
Orville always attended the shows at Wauseon, Ohio;
Russell G. Wilson, 71, formerly of 341 S. Center St., LeGrange,
Ohio, passed away on December 8, 1969, at Columbus, Ohio, at the
home of his sister, Mrs. D. W. Hartsel.
Sent in by Mrs. D. W. Hartsel, 4214 Lawnview Dr., Columbus, Ohio
Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He ran a threshing
machine for years around Pleasant Lake and owned a saw mill at time
Sent in by Emery Vestal, Route 1, Waterloo, Ind. 46793.