Henry G. Bergkamp, 72, of Fowler, Kansas, passed away recently at Minneola Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired farmer and had been a resident of Fowler since 1910.
Survivors include the widow; son Bill, daughter, Mrs. Aldine Maier, Minneola, two brothers, three sisters and nine grandchildren.
Sent in by Mrs. Henry Bergkamp, Fowler, Kansas.
Clarence Klaybaker, of Chapman, Kansas, passed away on June 6, 1970, in an Abilene, Kansas, hospital after a three month illness. He was a long time subscriber to Iron Men Album magazine and an active steam engine fan.
Thru the past few years, he built a very fine CASE 65 engine in three inch scale and at the time of his passing, was in the process of building the same type engine in six inch scale. We wish he could have completed this engine.
His many friends and steam fans will miss Clarence very much.
He is survived by his widow, Betty of the same address.
Sent in by Mr. C. E. (Jack) Kauer.
George R. Yearling, 76, of Coldwater, Michigan, passed away May 3, 1970, after an illness of 10 months.
Sent in by his widow, Mrs. Mary A. Yearling.
John Meiser, Route 3, Kewanna, Indiana, passed away May 19, 1970, at a hospital at Rochester, Ind. at the age of 85 years. He was a thresher for several years and loved being around the old Steamers. A member of the Old Time Thresher &' Saw Mill Operators Inc. at Ft. Wayne, Ind., he was a faithful member until his health failed.
Sent in by Frank Miller, R. R. 3, Kewanna, Indiana.
Emil Kopac, 84 years, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, passed away in May, 1970. He homesteaded near Cottonwood, South Dakota, later returning to Schuyler where he and his brothers become Model 'T' dealers then Dodge. In 1920 moved to Oshkosh and engaged in Wheat Farming. Due to failing health left the farm for Scottsbluff in 1967.
Sent in by Frank Hamata.
Henry G. Nachtrab, 89, of 7181 Hall St., Holland, Ohio, passed away recently. He was a custom grain thresher for 50 years, before retiring in 1969. Mr. Nachtrab was the founder of Holland volunteer fire department in 1917 and served as chief for 30 years. He was a charter member of the National Threshers Assoc. and member of many other organizations. He is survived by his son, Lawrence W., 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Sent in by Mrs. Earnest Hoffer, Toledo, Ohio.
Ray H. Ernst, 79, Route 1, Wayland, Iowa, passed away at the Veterans hospital in Iowa City, May 14, 1970, Survived by his widow and a sister. He was the last of the original four organizers of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers. He helped to organize the Old Threshers in Pontiac in 1949.
Sent in by Mrs. Ray Ernst, R. R. 1, Wayland, Iowa 50654.
Elmer Egbert, 71 years of R. R. 1, Botkins, Ohio, passed away Sunday, December 21, 1969, in Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, Ohio, after a short illness. Survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Mr. Egbert was a retired farmer and sawmill operator and in earlier years had been a thresherman and sponsored the Buckeye Threshers Reunion, held at his home each year.
Sent in by Mrs. Earnest Hoffer, Toledo, Ohio.
Paul Louis Beuhahn passed away June 5, 1970, at the age of 67. He lived in Monona, Iowa, and member of Lutheran Church of Monona and a member of the Southwestern Wisconsin Antique Power Club of Boscobel, Wisconsin.
Sent in by Wilson Ewaldt, Secretary.
Herbert Swarm, a well known Elkhart County Indiana thresher, passed to his eternal reward on the 13th day of May 1970, at the age of 66 years. Herbie was a lover of Baker threshing machinery, having operated Baker steam engines as well as a Baker gas tractor until the advent of the combines. The hand of the one who pulled the whistle many times, as a signal that it was time to quit threshing and to eat, has now been stilled.
On Saturday, May 16, many friends and relatives laid to rest the mortal remains, to await that blast of Gabriels trumpet, when it will be changed and raised a new immortal body.
He is survived by his widow, Mary Swarm, of R. R. 2, Bristol, Indiana, and 4 children. His father Jacob Swarm was a pioneer thresher in the Elkhart County area.
Sent in by Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, Indiana.
Mr. Fred H. Perleberg of Willmar, Minnesota, passed away April 14, 1970. He was a subscriber of the Iron Men Album from its first publication. Fred will be missed this fall by many old threshers as each year he would attend steam threshing shows from state to state. These shows were very near to Fred's heart. At an early age he started threshing as a fireman then as an engineer of steam engines. As the steams left the scene being replaced by the tractors and later by the combine, Fred went into the Gas business. He never lost his love for the steam engine. In 1953 he bought a 25 horsepower Nichols & Shepard steam engine. In 1954 he held in Willmar what was known as the Threshers Reunion. He had by then collected fifteen steam engines and twenty-five tractors which made a real good show. These Threshers Reunions he held each year until 1965 when his place had been taken into the city of Willmar and a show could not be held there.
He continued to collect and restore steamers and big tractors. He traveled for many miles looking for engines, bringing them from as far south as Kansas, from as far west as Montana and as far east as Maryland.
Fred always talked about the 'Good Old Days' when these engines were so very important to this great farming country of ours.
In 1958 when the Minnesota State Fair celebrated Minnesota's 100th Anniversary, Fred took his 35 horse double cylinder Nichols & Shepard steam engine and his 25 horsepower Nichols & Shepard to the Minnesota Fairgrounds. These days at the Fair were the height of Fred's enjoyment as he saw the large crowds look at these great powerful engines of the past. 'The Good Old Days,' he would say.
We who knew him will miss Fred as we too think of these good old days we spent together at these Threshing Reunions.
Sent in by Pastor Arthur J. Johnson for Fred's son, Floyd Perleberg, Willmar, Minnesota 56201.