| September/October 1973

HARRY E. CUMMINS, SR., 79, who founded firms that have bridged Oklahoma waters and constructed thousands of miles of state highways, died May 14 after being hospitalized. He founded the H. E. Cummins and Sons Construction Company in 1947 with his three sons. He also had been a former railroader and loved the steam engine, both train and traction ones. He drove his Baker engine in several parades. It is now carefully housed. The last Reunion he attended was at Waukomis, Oklahoma in summer of 1971 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sent in by Mrs. Harry E. Cummins and family - 1072 East Cypress, Enid, Olahoma 73701

EVERETT F. PYLE, Box 216, St. Jacob, Illinois died April 23, 1973. He was 74. He was very interested in steam engines and antique machinery and was a former Implement Dealer in St. Jacob, Illinois. He was Master of Ceremonies at many of the threshing shows all over the country. He was also a long time subscriber to your magazine. Sent in by Mrs. Everett F. Pyle, Box 216, St. Joseph, Illinois 62281.

ARTHUR KRUEGER, 73, died May 4, 1973 at New Prague, Minnesota. He was a long time thresher and sawmill man. He was a member of the Scott-Carver Threshing Ass'n and owned a 12 HP Russell engine and 28 inch Minneapolis Separator. He was a very nice and kind man and will be remembered and missed by all. Submitted by Florian C. Karl, Jordan, Minnesota 55352.

ERNEST 'ARNE' ERICKSON, North Dakota died March 7, 1973, at the age of 77. Arne was a member of the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers of New Rockford, N.D. for many years. He operated the Hart-Parr 'Old Reliable' tractor that he owned, along with his brothers, Rudolph and Gust. Many show spectators who have watched him start and operating the old tractor will remember him because of his small stature and his full beard and his agility in working around the engine. Submitted by O.R. Aslakson, New Rockford, North Dakota 58356

GEO. W. LUEKER died May 3, 1973 at Jerseyville, Illinois. He had reached the age of 83. He had threshed and drilled water wells most of his life. He also ran a switch engine for years. He was a member of the American Thresherman Association since it started. Submitted by F.C. Lueker, Pinckneyville, Illinois 62274

MRS. MILDRED WEIDMAN, 54, died on April 15, 1973. She was a member of the Christ Church of Orrville, Ohio; National Grange, National Threshers, Tuscarawas Valley Power Ass'n; Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers and Stumptown Threshers. She was an accordion and guitar player and teacher. Born and raised on the farm, she loved the old engines as well as anyone. Submitted by Ralph Weidman, R. D. 2, Wooster, Ohio 44691.


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