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
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.
ELSIE HINTZSCHE, 72, 151 John Street, DeKalb, Illinois died June
9, 1973′. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of
Rochelle and active in the Immanual Lutheran Church in DeKalb; also
a member of the Ogle County Home Extension, the DeKalb County Farm
Bureau and a charter member of the North Central Illinois Steam
Power Show of Davis Junction, Ill. Many will remember her as a
great leader in the Ladies Hobby Tent, and at her spinning wheel at
the Steam Power Show at Kings Illinois. Submitted by Emil
Svanda, Box 111, Davis Jution, Illinois 61020.