| May/June 1990

  • The Country School
    ''The Country School'', Lavern Kammerude's last painting.

  • The Country School

WESLEY PITMAN, born May 13, 1908 in Minneola, Kansas, died January 14, 1990 at Garden City, Kansas. A resident of Scott City, Kansas most of his life, he was a farmer, stockman and a restorer of antique engines and windmills. Six of these windmills stand guard at the east side of Scott City. There wasn't an engine or transmission he wouldn't try to repair. If he couldn't find a part he would make it, according to his nephew, Larry Pitman. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a life member of the American Legion, which he had served as Commander. Wesley farmed and raised cattle until he retired in '74. The cattleman was also a stockholder in the Scott County Feed yard, where one of his restored windmills stands guard.

Mr. Pitman was also known for his collection of steam engines and small gas powered engines. Among his restorations were a 60 HP Case, a 10-20 Mogul, a Waterloo Boy, a 16-30 Rumely Oil Pull and a Heider. He also collected John Deere tractors, having one from every year from 1937 through the mid 50's, with the exception of the two war years. For the past 25 years he showed his Case steamer and gas tractors at the Tri State Engine and Thrashers Show in Bird City, Kansas. Mr. Pitman will be greatly missed by all.

Submitted by his friends, Tri State Antique Engine and Thrashers Assn., Bird City, Kansas.

THOMAS A. KEYSER, a lifetime resident of New Athens, Ohio entered 'the land of the Golden Whistles' on December 3, 1989. He was born on October 10, 1907, the son of Charles & Rose Keyser.

He was the eldest of six children and is survived by his wife, Wilma, whom he married on November 10, 1930, and one son, four daughters, 23 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

Tom worked in the coal mines but retired as the custodian of Franklin High School, New Athens, Ohio after serving for 25 years. He was the Stumptown Steam Threshers Show watchman for the last 14 years. He was a charter member of the New Athens Volunteer Fire Department and a lifetime member of the New Athens Methodist Church.


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