| May/June 1996

To our fellow hobbyists and friends, with great sorrow we tell you of the passing of a lifetime member of the American Threshermen and Ladies Association, GEORGE F. BAHRE, after a long illness. Mr. Bahre was called to Our Lord's Great Reunion on October 9, 1995.

George was one of the 13 men instrumental in first organizing our fine organization at the time when he was about our ages. With countless letters, phone calls, hours of travel time to towns like Brownstown, Car-lyle, Vandalia, and other meeting places, too many to count, they started a new show at Highland, Illinois. From the beginning in 1959, he held offices of secretary, treasurer, chaplain, and for one year was president. His only wish was that this group of hobbyists would lead the A.T.A. to a position that would be well known throughout the country.

In 1962 the American Thresher-men moved the show to a new town, Pinckneyville, Illinois, where it has been held since. Of just as great importance are all the fine people who helped lead the way to the present, with special recognition in the beginning, given to the late D. R. Bartimus, the late Everett Pyle, and Amos Rixmann. Without them the A.T.A. would have faded into the side lines.

Traditionally there is a morning meeting at the beginning of each show day. George would always introduce our newcomers and made them feel welcome. George was also very knowledgeable about the Harrison Machine Works. His father used Belleville threshing machinery back in the threshing days around Darmstadt, Illinois.

George was a retired brick mason by trade. He was a member of the Coulterville United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader for many years, lifetime member of the Coulterville Fire Department, a 50-year-plus member of the Bricklayer and Allied Craftsmen International Local No. 8, and was involved in many civic organizations. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

He was born in St. Clair County, Illinois, October 17, 1916 to George and Katie Bollmeier Bahre.