| May/June 1975

LESTER McKINNEY, 80, of Cairo, Missouri died February 10, 1975 in Woodland Hospital where he had been hospitalized one day. He lived in the Jacksonville-Cairo area his entire life. He had been a farmer, mechanic, garage operator and heavy equipment salesman for Cooke Co. at Chillicothe. Mr. McKinney was active in the Old Threshers Association and held many offices in the association as well as being the owner of many displays.

Submitted by Mrs. L.H. McKinney, Cairo, Missouri 65239

MRS. ALICE JOHNSON, wife of Gilmar, from Fredric, Wisconsin passed away October 22, 1974. I know she will be missed by many. Elmer and I appreciated her greatly. She was a blond with a very pleasant personality and a charming smile for all. Her efforts helped in promoting our business, particularly at Mt. Pleasant Show. Perhaps you can remember her by seeing them, she and Gilmar, helping Elmer. Later years, when my hubby could no longer make that trip, they 'took over' completely. They did a wonderful job getting you acquainted with our magazines, jewelry and books. To know her was to love her. Our sympathy goes to Gilmar in his hours of loneliness. Mr. and Mrs. Duward Steinmetz now also are doing an excellent job at the Mount Pleasant Show. We owe much to all these kind folks. Thanks and God Bless the three of you - Gilmar and the Steinmetzs.

Submitted by Earlene Ritzman [former editor] 808 Wertzville Road, Enolga, Pennsylvania 17025

DONNA MILDRED ARY-of Union City, Indiana, some called her 'Mid', others Mildred. But thousands knew her as the very first woman to balance a steam engine on the teeter totter which she did at the Darke County Steam Threshers each summer. There wasn't an Iron Man who ever stood by and watched her handle the throttle but what cheered for her, maybe even envied her. For the old 12 horse Gaar-Scott Iron Horse was not an easy one to balance.

For years Mildred helped out with the music at the Darke County Threshers by singing with the Sweet Adelines. She put on comedy shows; as well as played the piano while the congregation sang the old familiar hymn 'Bringing in the Sheaves.'


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