THE GOLDEN ROLL


| May/June 1979



EARL MURRAY BRUBAKER, Des Moines, Iowa, died April 25, 1978. In the early 1900s Earl and Ben Buckingham built and operated the Prairie City Auto Company, selling and servicing automobiles, steam engines and threshing machines. He was actively engaged in the farm equipment business until 1970. In 1944 he served as president of the Iowa Retail Farm Equipment Association. He was on the County CROP Committee, also the steering committee for the formation of the Prairie City Medical Center and was a charter member of the Prairie City Lions Club. Brubaker and his sons have long been active members of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association and have exhibited tractors for many years.

Submitted by the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Inc., Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641.

RAY E. VORHIES, 87, Lockridge, Iowa died December 21, 1978 at the Henry County Health Center. He was an original member of the eight-member Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association Board of Directors. He served on the board from 1950 through 1960.

Submitted by the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, Inc., Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641.

AVERY C. MERRELL, Elmdale, Indiana died November 10, 1978. He, his brother and father had threshed with steam power, hulled clover and shredded fodder for many years. Avery and his brother, Hugo, threshed for two years as Merrell Brothers. In all, Avery threshed with steam for 33 years. He was an excellent mechanic on steam engines, threshers, tractors, combines, etc. His favorite was the steam engine and often others called on him for help. Avery's favorite outfit was his 40-64 Advance Rumely separator and Case 65 HP engine. Both Avery and his wife loved to attend Old Time Threshers Reunions.

Submitted by Russell J. Merrell, R. R. 4, Box 34, Muncie, Indiana 47302.