WILLIAM H. JOHNSON, 85, retired farmer, died unexpectedly June 23 at his home at 80 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York. Mr. Johnson was also a past master of the Marion Grange and was active in steam engines. He was a member of the New York State Steam Engines Association, Pioneer Gas Engine Association and the National Threshers Association.
Submitted by Abram E. Johnson, 80 Steurrys Road, Marion, New York 14505 - son.
IRVIN HOFFMAN, 77, of Manheim, Route 1, Pennsylvania died April 20, 1975 unexpectedly at his home. He belonged to Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Kinzers, and he maintained and operated the Getz Brothers steam calliope in local parades for a number of years.
Submitted by Gilbert Irps, 3156 Waldron Road, Kankakee, Illinois 60901.
R.F. DALE of Garden Grove, Iowa 50103 died April 5, 1975. He enjoyed reading the Iron-Men Album magazines and saved them for many years.
Submitted by Mrs. Rollie Dale, Garden Grove, Iowa 50103.
BENJAMIN (HARRY) METZGER passed away July 15 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus at the age of 86. Mr. Metzger was an old-time thresherman and threshed with steam engines and then gas tractors. He sold Case machinery for sixteen years. He had owned three steam threshing rigs and three gas tractor rigs. 1954 was his last year to thresh as the combines were coming in use and he and his sons owned one of the first combines with 12 ft. cut, John Deere. He hulled clover and filled silos with steam engines and farmed all of his life. He attended the shows with his family and truly enjoyed visiting and talking about the days of steam. He will be sadly missed.
Courtesy of Clinton Metzger, 6386 Lane Road, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.
HENRY M. SEBECK passed away on March 12 at the age of 94. He operated a creamery and farm store at Plum Creek. He was employed by the State of Minnesota as District Steam Boiler Inspector from 1911 to May of 1955, serving Scott and Carver counties. He served 44 years in that position and longer than any man in the state, serving under 12 governors during that time. He was later employed as chief engineer for St. Francis Hospital at Shakopee, until his retirement in 1966.
Submitted by a close friend, Florian C. Karl, Jordan, Minnesota 55352.
WILBUR D. COLLINS, 79, of 215 W. Prairie Street, Pontiac, Illinois died August 14 at St. James Hospital with an apparent heart attack. He was a member and past director of the Central State Threshermen's Reunion. For many years he was the operating engineer of the Pontiac Lions Club's model steam engine 'Sparky' and appeared in many parades driving the engine. He attended reunions from Pennsylvania to Minnesota.
Submitted by Mrs. Myrtle Collins, 215 W. Prairie, Pontiac, Illinois 61764
MERRIETT HODGE was a member of the Iron-Men Album. He was born and raised in East Smithfield, Pa. Bradford County. His father had a steam engine when he was a child and Merriett grew up with them. He was crazy about them and always went to all of the shows he could get to and he enjoyed the magazine very much. He died March 31, 1975.
Submitted by his sister, Alice Tompkins, 22 Warren Street, Waverly, New York 14892.