JAMES C. HOULSWORTH, 77, Anthon, Iowa died January 20, 1974
after a one month illness. His steam engine interest started at a
very early age. He continued his interest with steam engines and
gas engines throughout his entire life. He participated in many
threshing bees and rode on a steam engine in many parades. He was a
mechanic on old engines and tractors for 48 years. He will be
greatly missed by everyone in this community and surrounding
Grandpa devoted most of his summers to steam engines and
threshing bees, of which he has many buttons and pictures that I
will treasure. I will miss my Grandpa very much because he took me
with him to all of these shows.
Submitted by his grandson, Todd Alan Houlsworth, box 250,
Anthon, Iowa 51004 – age 10
HENRY J. VAN ALTVORST, 73 died January 7, 1974. He was a good
steam man and maker of old farm implements. He was an auto mechanic
specializing in Dodges. We will surely miss old Hank. Six members
of the Inaldn Empire Steam & Gas Buffs were pallbearers.
Submitted by Clarence E. Mitcham, Route 1, Box 409, Mead,
CLARENCE P. LANGLAND, Enderlin, North Dakota passed away
November 2, 1973 at age 85 in Rollag, Minnesota and also had his 25
HP return flue Huber engine at the Central North Dakota Steam
Threshers Reunion at New Rockford. Clarence loved steam threshing
and will be missed by his family and friends.
Submitted by Norman Pross, Luverne, North Dakota 58056
GLENN J. BUCKWALTER, 73, of Jamestown, North Dakota passed away
November 29, 1973. Mr. Buckwalter was a member of Western Minnesota
Steam Threshers for nearly 20 years and also an active member of
the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers at New Rockford. His
favorite tractor was the Rumely Oil Pull. He also most always drove
his 1917 Paige car to the Reunions – the same car he drove on his
honeymoon 43 years ago. I am sure many remember Mr. Buckwalter and
his 1917 Maroon and Black Paige Car. There will be an empty place
on Threshermen’s Hill at Rollag, Minnesota. He will be missed
by his family and friends.
Submitted by Norman Pross, Luverne, North Dakota.
ADOLPH J. KATZ, 81, of Fredericksburg, Iowa, died March 2, 1974.
From early boyhood, he helped around threshing rigs and in 1915, at
age 23, became engineer of a Reeves C. C. In later years he was
part owner of a Rumely engine and separator and was finally sole
owner of an Advance engine. He threshed until 1928 with a steam
rig, continuing after that with a gas rig until combines took over.
He attended steam shows in Iowa and Minnesota as long as his health
Submitted by his son, Melvin L. Katz, Fredericksburg, Iowa