By Staff

VINCENT J. DEUTSCH, formerly of Otter Creek, La Motte and
Zwingle, Iowa died July 18, 1988 at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque,

He was a sawyer, blacksmith, carpenter, steam-engine man and
story teller. Deutsch was associated with the late Justin Hingtgen
of La Motte, Iowa and was sawyer at George Hedtke’s Davis
Junction, Illinois Show.

Vince is survived by cousins.

Submitted by Bob Koos, Box 66, La Motte, Iowa

ROYCE D. SMITH was born on August 6,1918, to Clarence D. Smith
and Lena Blakley Smith, on a farm north of McDonald, Kansas.

In 1938, Royce married Blanche Clark of Benkelman, Nebraska.
They lived on the family farm and maintained their business of
farming and operating an Auto and Machine Shop.

Royce was always interested in antique autos and continued with
that hobby all his life. He was a member of the Tri-State Antique
Thresher Association and Antique Auto Club of Bird City, Kansas; a
group he thoroughly enjoyed working with. Many miles and enjoyable
hours were spent in search of parts and visiting with friends in
all parts of the United States. Eight of his cars are in the
Tri-State Car Museum.

Royce and Blanche retired to Goodland, Kansas, to be near their

In July of 1987, Royce discovered he had cancer of the lungs. It
had already advanced so far by the time of its discovery that
treatment was of very little value. He died June 1, 1988.

Royce will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves many

Submitted by his son, Dale Smith, P.O.Box 138, Bird City,
Kansas 67731.

RAYMOND DAVIS, 88 years old, of rural Scio, Ohio entered into
the ‘Land of Golden Whistles’ on April 1, 1988. He is
survived by his wife, Nellie and one daughter.

Raymond was a director of the Stumptown Steam Threshers for
several years and was a ‘die hard’ Russell fan, although he
never owned a Russell. He helped Charles Harrison with his 20 HP
Russell for several years.

He will be sadly missed by his family and his many steam

Submitted by William Flowers, Sec, Stumptown Steam
Threshers, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 332, Adena, Ohio 43901.

AUGUST LASANEN, an 85-year-old steam engineer of Greenfield
Village in Dearborn, Michigan, died in an accident. Lasanen had a
half century of experience in railroading, much of it as an
engineer on steam locomotives. He retired from Penn Central in
1971, but couldn’t stop thinking locomotives, so he took a
part-time job running and caring for steam exhibits at Greenfield
Village. He did enjoy his work at the Museum.

Lasanen had recently become a full-time employee after working
part-time in the Museum’s steam engine powered Armington &
Sims Machine Shop since 1973, according to Don Adams, Greenfield
Village public relations director.

Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Wrobel, 3618 Caniff,
Hamtramck, Michigan 48212.

My brother, FLOYD W. KUHL, age 76, R.R. #, Sebewaing, Michigan
48759, died August 15,1988. He was a collector of old tractors and
gas engines.

He was a member of the Thumb Area Old Engine and Tractor Club of
Caro, Michigan. He will be missed by the Club. He did the grain
threshing at the club’s show every year with his 30×50 Oil Pull
and 28′ Red River Special grain separator.

Submitted by his brother, William C. Kuhl, 464 S. 5,
Sebewaing, Michigan 48759.

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