| May/June 1977

LLOYD W. (WHITEY) BEECHY, age 71, of Sugarcreek, Ohio passed away of an apparent heart attack on August 9, 1976. Whitey was a well known Master of Ceremonies and steam club member. He emceed the Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Show from its inception 13 years ago. This show was his home show of which he was a trustee for quite a few years. The Richland County Steam Threshers Association, The Historical Engine Society, Burton, Ohio, The Old Steam and Gas Club of Old Washington, Ohio, and was to have emceed the Stumptown Steam Threshers Show for the first time this year.

Whitey was probably best known as Master of Ceremonies of the Swiss Festival at Sugarcreek, Ohio for the past 23 years. He and his nephew, John McDowell, conceived the idea of using a large D.C. electric motor as a generator belted to traction engines to test their power. They called it the 'Power Eater' and it received a lot of attention at the shows in this area. He also was a Ham Radio operator for many years and had thousands of friends through his association with antique power shows, radio and the Swiss Festival. He will be sorely missed by all of his many friends from all over the United States. Submitted by James E. Sloan, R. D. #2, Box 76, Dover, Ohio 44622.

JACK WILTMAN of Le Mars, Iowa died January 5, 1977 of a heart attack at the age of 70. Jack was a long time machine shop operator and steam enthusiast. He was a well-known steam man and ran steam engines at many shows and was well known by show goers in the midwest. Jack was a perfectionist in his work and never did a slipshod job of anything, if Jack couldn't do it right, he didn't do it.

After farming for many years, Jack worked at the John Deere plant at Waterloo, Iowa; then he moved to Le Mars, Iowa and worked at the Plymouth County maintenance shop as a mechanic. Later years he ran a machine shop of his own in Le Mars. Several years ago Jack suffered a severe heart attack and was laid up for a few years. The past years he was again active in steam shows and had set up a shop in the basement of his home where he sharpened saw blades and did light mower and chain saw work.

Jack was a charter member of the Pioneer Machinery Club of Merrill, Iowa, he was also a long time member of the Gas &Steamers Club of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jack will be missed by many members, friends and customers, who Jack always had to stop work and visit with. We as club members will miss Jack at our Merrill Show and also at the Museum Show at Le Mars. Submitted by Harry Bonnema, Le Mars, Iowa 51031.

LLOYD KING RICHARDSON, age 69, a Gilliam, Missouri resident, died January 27, 1977 at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Missouri.


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