ERNEST F. BROCKER, of Hadley, Michigan, passed away on February 19, 1988 at the age of 79.
He was a retired Teamster, having driven 40 years for E & L Transport of Dearborn, Michigan.
He was also a long time steam engineer, running and firing steam engines in and around the Hadley area for 50 years.
For many years, he and his partner, Dan Maxfield, ran a 22 HP Huber, and together owned two Port Huron engines.
His greatest love was firing up his 65HP Case for various parades and during the fall season, he and his son-in-law and grandsons would take family members for wagon rides to see the beautiful fall colors of the area trees.
He also was a regular attendee of the National Threshers Assoc. Show, starting at the Blaker farm to its present site at Wauseon, Ohio. During his lifetime he had visited all of the major midwestern shows, and also those in our area as well.
Ernest had been a member of the old Saginaw Valley Live Steam Association and in later years, the Thumb Gas and Steam Engine Association.
He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was truly an 'old thresherman', and those of us who were privileged to know him have lost a good friend and steam engineer. He will be missed by all.
Submitted by Dennis M. Emory, 4391 Stewart Road, Metamora, Michigan, 48455.
LUTHER MUMM of Sidney Illinois passed away January 14, 1988. He would have been 98 years old on July 8th of this year. His wife died 14 years ago.
Luther was a farmer. He ran a corn shelter and threshing machine. He owned his first corn sheller when he was 18 years old. The photo shows him (fourth from left) in front of his first outfit.
Submitted by his son, Vernon Mumm, Box 237, Sidney, Illinois.
GLEN BLAKESLEY, 80, died at his home January 24, 1988.
He was born May 27, 1907, 16 miles south of Forsyth, Montana, on Rosebud Creek Ranch, the son of Ike and Mayme Philbrick Blakesley.
He attended the Pleasant Hill grade school for seven years on Rosebud Creek, one year of school in Rosebud and four years of high school in Forsyth, graduating in 1926.
He lived on Rosebud Creek until spring of 1922 when he came to Forsyth and began working with the Blakesley Cigar Store which his father operated. He served in the Army in World War II.
On November 30, 1930, he was married to Dorothy Larson in Harvey, North Dakota. His wife died in 1971.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed old cars and building and collecting models. He built and operated a Case steam tractor. He also owned a Case steamer and thresher he displayed and operated at the Rosebud County Fair for over 40 years.
He loved all animals and birds. He was a member of the Forsyth Young Men's Club and VFW. He was a lifetime member of W.M.S.T.R.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce and Noel, of Oregon City, Oregon; a brother, Max, of Forsyth; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. Don Bradley, Box 151, Forsyth, Montana, 59327.
WARREN R. BOMBERGER, of Sargent, Nebraska, died December 20, 1987, at the age of 93 years.
He had restored engines, as well as old tractors, farm equipment and small items, in his retirement years. He had a Case 65HP in the local fair parade in July, 1987. He did his last custom threshing with a steamer in 1938.
He looked forward to each issue of the Iron Men Album and had corresponded with many readers.
Dad always said you weren't a real engineer unless you could eat steam cylinder oil on your pancake in the morning.
Submitted by his son, Marlin R. Bomberger, Box 393, Sargent,Nebraska, 68874.
JAMES H. ALVORD, a resident of the Toledo, Washington area since 1937, died December 22, 1987 in an Olympia hospital at the age of 70. He was born January 19,1917 in Pendleton, Oregon, and had been a small engine mechanic.
Alvord belonged to the Toledo Presbyterian Church, Western Steam Friends, Musicians Union, and was involved in the Boy Scout program.
He also was a contributor on the work force of the Cowlitz Prairie Threshing Bee, operating a 6 HP power upright engine running a cord-wood saw.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby; a son, Don; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Francis Borte, 1049 Tucker Road, Winlock, Washington, 98596.
It was with much sadness that the family, friends, and many acquaintances of DON DILLON, Wayne, Ohio, acknowledged and paid tribute at his sudden passing on January 18, 1988 at the age of 81.
He was a lifetime farmer and very active participant in community activities. Don was co-founder of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club and served diligently as President and gave generously of his time, talents and facilities. His farm served as the Club's show site for the past 6 years. He enjoyed collecting steam and gas engines as well as early farm equipment. Along with the restoration and display of his equipment there was always time to help other collectors having difficulty or needing assistance.
Don also owned and operated the Dillon Hardware, Plumbing and Heating in West Williamsfield, Ohio for many years. A founding member of the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department, he completed 35 years of service, including several as fire chief, retiring in 1978. During his years as fireman, he was also a member of the Ashtabula County Firemen's Association, and served as President for 4 years and as Coordinator of the County Fire School. As a 4-H Advisor, he was in charge of and leader of the Wayne Boys Club. An active member of the Windsor, Ohio Historical Society and also the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival Committee, his presence and equipment displays were always centers of attention at the Annual Bridge Festival each October.
With Don's passing Engine Club enthusiasts extend our sympathy to his wife, Edythe, and family and we will cherish the memories of the times we were privileged to share with him.
Submitted by Francis L. Day, Sec., Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club, Box 151, Andover, Ohio, 44003
CHARLES J. DECKER passed away on July 9, 1987. He was a lifelong resident of the Toledo area. He is survived by his wife, Janet. He had been sick and nearly blind for several years.
Charles as a young man was employed by the C.C. Banting Manufacturing Company, maker of the Greyhound Steam Traction Engine. He remained with the company through the Depression, when Banting Manufacturing went out of business and became an Allis Chalmers dealer. When they went out of business in 1954, he went to work for the Andersons.
He kindly shared with me his knowledge of the Banting Manufacturing Company, the Greyhound Steam Engine, and several original Greyhound books.
He will be missed by his wife and many friends.
Submitted by William Flowers, Route 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio, 43901.