| May/June 1982

CHESTER THOMAS SAWYER, 86, of Bird City, Kansas passed away September 27, 1981 in a hospital in Denver, Colorado after a short illness.

Chet will be remembered by his many friends that he visited during several different antique engine shows. He loved to visit and discuss the many different problems he experienced during his life of farming and custom threshing.

Chet started his early threshing experience by operating a grain separator for a custom thresher man who had three different outfits during the fall threshing season. Later he had his own outfit and did custom grain threshing until the combine replaced the threshing machine.

He was a charter member in organizing his antique shows: The Tri-State Antique Engine & Threshers Association at Bird City, Kansas, and the Antique Steam Engine show in Wichita, Kansas. He was president of the Bird City show for 16 years.

His many steam engine friends will miss his presence at steam engine shows.

Submitted by Melvin Wright, Secretary, Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Association.