Dennis ‘Dink’ Jerome passed away July
31, 2002, at his residence in Hoopeston, Ill., following a lengthy
battle with cancer.
Dennis’ love for steam engines developed at a very young
age, and he could be found attending engine shows with his friend
and mentor, Harry ‘Pink’ Woodmansee, who teasingly gave him
the name ‘Dink’ for riding around on a ‘dinky gas
tractor’ at a steam show.
He bought his first engine, a Port Huron, at an auction in Iowa
when he was 17 years old. In later years he purchased a 20 HP
Minneapolis and a 20 HP Advance-Rumely.
In his travels as a steam engine enthusiast his life was blessed
with many friends and experiences throughout the country. His
legacy lives on in the numerous stories and tales he so happily
shared with those who were fortunate enough to hear them.
Dennis led the parade at the National Sweet Corn Festival in
Hoopeston, Ill., for 26 years, and he was the show announcer for
the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshermans Club for several years.
He was a member of the Illiana Antique Power Association, the
National Threshers Association, a 25-year member and Past Master of
Star Lodge #709 AF&AM and an honorary member of the Hoopeston
Submitted by Stephen and Jeremiah Eyrich, Hoopeston,