In Tribute To Those We've Known

| November/December 1970

There are those whose passing leaves its void, that everything remaining seems so different. I'll never forget the first time I walked uptown after my father died. It didn't seem like the same home town. There were the familiar street corners, the barber shop, post office, village depot, but something was missing a personality. Dad was gone!

There are those whose passing brings its changes at the summer threshermen's reunions.

Elmer Egbert will no longer be a-round, oiling up his 12 hp. Frick Engine, or making shingles. These were the things that made the reunions different, educational and preserved some of our historical past. Long are the memories when The Miami Valley Steam Threshers used to congregate on the Elmer Egbert farm near Botkins, Ohio. Later it became The Buckeye Steam Threshers with Elmer, the host, at the head of the long table spread in honor of his birthday each year. There was always sorghum making, fall cider, some steam engine plowing, sawmilling and threshing throughout the afternoon, to entertain the friends and engineers who'd come from far and wide, to honor Elmer Egbert, an Iron-Man of the Month.

Roselle Raisch will no longer be running throttle on his Case Engine, doing a jag of wheat threshing, or climbing the big hill at Wauseon, Ohio, N.T.A. It was our intention to make him an Iron-Man of the Month, but we just didn't get to him in time, so we make him one, in memoriam. Long time one of the prominent steam engineers at the midwest reunions, Roselle wasn't seen about this past year so we couldn't get more facts. But he is remembered and missed.

Leonard Lambert of near Richmond, Ind., will no longer be seen at the throttle of his Baker Engine. A well-known figure around the midwestern reunions, Wauseon N.T.A., The Darke County Threshers, Greenville, Ohio, The Buckeye Threshers near Botkins, Ohio, and the Old-Time Threshers and Saw-millers at Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lambert was always there. Though we had hoped to get to him in the future, we didn't make it, so we honor him posthumously as Iron-Man in memoriam.

Then there is Mr. Logan of Mansfield, Ohio, on whose farm The Richland County Steam Threshers held their reunions. How well we remember him that time we attended. Although I did write him up in the minutes of that meeting, we now posthumously honor him, Iron-Man in memoriam.