GEORGE ROBERT JACKSON
82, of Fort Scott, Kansas died Tuesday, July 28, 1987.
Jackson was the founder of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, a steam engine show that has been an annual event at Fort Scott for 30 years. He was a retired Frisco Railroad Engineer, a member of the First Christian Church of Fort Scott, the Rising Sun Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of which he was a past master; York Rite and Scottish Rite and Mizra Shrine.
Submitted by Mrs. George Jackson, 810 S. Judson, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
LETHA SEVART, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away July 2, 1987. She was the wife of Vincent Sevart. Letha and Vincent were members of the Argyle Antique Gas Engine Association, Colchester, Illinois, and the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, Kansas, where they displayed their gas engines and tractors.
Letha will be missed by her family, friends and Association members.
Submitted by Marjorie Sevart, Secretary, Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, 111 N. Cherokee, Girard, Kansas 66743.
RAYMOND APRILL of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin passed away August 1, 1987. He would have been 80 years old on August second.
Ray was a structural steel worker for many years before owning and operating a farm. In 1976 he built a -scale Case steam engine and participated in many parades and steam shows.
He was a reader of Iron-Men Album for many many years. His picture with his steam engine is on the back cover of the September-October 1987 issue.
Submitted by his wife, Linda Aprill, 310 S. Washington Street, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin 54154.
ROBERT E. 'BOB' NELSON, SR., a lifelong resident of Lapeer County, Michigan and a community leader, passed away May 25, 1987 at the age of 75.
A farmer all his life, Bob also operated a portable sawmill. He and his son founded Renco Products and designed and built sawmill equipment. He was known over most of Michigan and leaves many friends throughout the midwest.
Bob was always on hand to help when needed and helped many a collector get their equipment running. He had a deep interest in the community and held many positions in local government and was active in 4-H.
Sap-n-Slab Day was an annual event at his farm, demonstrating maple syrup making and sawmill operation. The event always drew an audience of hundreds.
Bob was a fine friend and will be missed by many people, including the members of several collectors clubs of which he was a member.
Submitted by Don Naish, 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden, Michigan 48428.