| November/December 1978

BENH. CROMMETT of Varwich, North Dakota, passed away on April 28, 1978 at the age of 88. He started running steam at the age of 15, doing a lot of threshing with an 80 HP Case steam rig which he owned. He was engineer on a large Case, 110 HP engine with a large plow, helping break up virgin prairie in the early days. He was a very active member of the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers running a steamer every year since the show started. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Submitted by Filo Henssler, McHenry, North Dakota 58464.

ERNA D. WRIGHT, 63, of 410 Guy Street, Linwood, Michigan, passed away June 13, 1978 in Bay City Hospital after a long illness. She was a steam engine fan, and was a long time member of the National Threshers Association and the Old Time Threshers and Sawmill Operators. She also attended many of the other steam shows. She will be greatly missed by her many steam friends. Submitted by Mae Phipps, Box 76, Palmyra, Michigan 49268.

BERNARD KLEINSCHMIDT, born in Calumet, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, on September 19, 1901, passed away at his home at 196 South Seymour Street, on July 11, 1978. He worked at the sheet metal trade for 55 years and had his own sheet metal business at his home for 40 years. Formerly active in the Wisconsin Steam Antique Engine Club, he had his own show at his farm for 8 years. He was the proud owner of many gasoline engines and had a Minneapolis steamer and thresher, and also a five sweep horsepower which he restored. He had quite a few antique cars, including a 1911 Model T and a 1913IHC High wheeler, also restored by him.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and many friends. Submitted by Clarence Mirk, 2362 North 85th Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226.

HARRY W. PIPHER, 74,ofR. R. 1, Orleans, Indiana, suffered a fatal heart attack while working in his motorcycle and tractor shop on July 11, 1978. His father had owned and operated a Huber steam engine and Harry was always a faithful assistant at sawmilling and during threshing season.

The morning of July 11, Harry had just posted the Rushville, Indiana Show posters and had planned to attend the following Sunday. He had been working on restoring a L. C. Huber tractor. The Iron Men Album magazine was always his favorite. Submitted by Mrs. Harry W. Pipher, R. R. 1, Orleans, Indiana.


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