| May/June 1980

BILL SLATTERY of Spearville, Kansas, died October 20, 1979. He was 71 years of age. Mr. Slattery was a farmer all his life. His spare time was devoted to antiques and collections of steam engines and gas tractors. He was a charter member of the Antique Engine and Threshers Association of Wichita and Bird City, Kansas and also a member of Haviland, Kansas Association. He and his brothers staged several old fashioned threshing bees at his farm for the past years.

Submitted by his sister, Mrs. Luke Hipp, Wright, Kansas 67882.

LOREN M. WADE, 71 years, Tracy, California, died August 1, 1979. He was a native of Ross, North Dakota, raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. A member of Branch 13 Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, he resided in Tracy, California. In the depression years of 1930 he became a professional wrestler. He stood 6' 3' tall and weighed 245 pounds. He wrestled across this nation billed as the 'Masked Marvel' and as 'Danny McDonald. He wrestled at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. His opponents included 'Man Mountain Dean' and Ed 'Strangler' Lewis. He retired after five years on the circuit and became a self-taught machinist with the Shell Oil Co. Pipeline Pumping Plant. He was an expert on steam engines and he used to power the oil pumps. He was promoted to mechanical supervisor for 10 stations between Bakersfield and Martinez, California. He retired in 1968 before the pipeline closed down.

During vacations in the 1950s he would travel to Chirikof Island called the 'Wild Cattle Island' located in the Aleutians near Kodiak, Alaska, and worked for his late uncle, Charlie Waller.

While growing up in the Canadian Plain wheat fields his interest was in steam engines. In 1950 he acquired a 1912 Case steam tractor used for road work in Douglas County, Oregon, and also a 1911 Reeves steam tractor. The 'jewel' of his steam collection was a 1922 Stanley steamer auto acquired from a cotton picker developer in Coalinga, Georgia. His expertise also was in rifles. He built and modified many. He also made several left-handed bolt action rifles from scratch.

Memorials are requested in the form of contributions to the Loren Wade Scholarship for Engineering, which he was denied, to be given to deserving graduating seniors at Tracy High School. This writer saw Loren's steam, machinist and wrestling capabilities and expresses his sorrow in the loss of this fine man of men.


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