JOHN M. STUART age 78, of Volant R. D. #1, died on June 17, 1977 at his home of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Stuart was a member of the Church of the Living Word, and a member of the Northwest Steam and Gas Engine Historical Association. He was one of the organizers of the steam show of this area, therefore, his passing will be of great loss to the many who knew him. He had many pieces of antique tools and equipment of which he took much pride in displaying. He was a retired lumberman and farmer.
Submitted by Mrs. Charles McMurray, Sec, Northwest Steam and Gas Engine Historical Association, R. D. #3, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 16057.
CARL E. MILLER, 68 of Adams, Tennessee, died June 6,1977, after a lengthy illness. He was a retired millwright and welder. He hailed from Pennsylvania in the Roaring Springs area. He was most familiar with Keck-Gonnerman engines, but had repaired other kinds. He worked at a steam powered sawmill as a boy and was closely tied with the various shop work of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Carl's property adjoined the Tennessee-Kentucky Thresher-men's Association show grounds and several of the members parked their engines on his ground before and after the show, using his water and electricity for which he would never take anything. He was always willing to help in any way he could.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association and will be greatly missed by his devoted family and many friends and the fellows of the Threshermen's Association that he was so good to.
Submitted by Billy Byrd, 369 S. Harrig Street, Madisonville, Kentucky.
KERMIT HOLCOMB, 70, Route 1, died recently at Plum City, Wisconsin. He was a farmer and a farm machinery repairman. He had lived in Pleasant Valley for over 60 years. He was a charter member of the Chippewa Valley Antique Club.
Submitted by Nancy Kent, 1130 N. Eddy Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701 - Secretary of Chippewa Valley Antique Engine & Model Club.
RALPH J. VINCENT, 76, of Dover-Hartly Road, Dover, Delaware, died April 22, 1977 after a short illness.
He was a self-employed house and building mover and contractor. Mr. Vincent owned a 1918 Holt U.S. Ordnance Dept. Crawler Artillery Tractor and a 1920, 25-45 Crossmotor Case Tractor. He used the Case tractor, along with a Case threshing machine for custom threshing operations years ago.
He was an exhibitor of his tractors at the Delaware State Fair Antique Machinery Show held each July, the Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collector's Association Show, and the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Engine Association Show. He was a member of the Delaware Agricultural Museum Association, as well as other steam and gas engine associations and regularly attended the Old Threshermen's Reunion at Rough & Tumble Engineers Museum, Kinzer, Pennsylvania, along with other shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Mr. Vincent will be missed very much by those he associated and worked with at these various steam and gas engine shows. He possessed a good personality, along with a good sense of humor, and a fine attitude of cooperation in working with the various activities that are held at the shows.
Submitted by a close friend, Mr. Bert Bryant Young, Route 1, Box 704, Dover, Delaware 19901.
OLAV R. OLE ASLAKSON, age 74, passed away at City Hospital at New Rockford, North Dakota, May 8, 1977, of an apparent heart attack.
Ole as he was known to his friends, was one of the few remaining charter members who formed the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Association of which he served as president for nine years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Directors.
Ole was very active in the threshers organizations, not only at home but in organizations in other states and Canada. He was a steam engineer of very wide experience, and an expert on compound engines, having owned several and operated others of various makes. In the past years he has written many letters and articles on various subjects regarding steam engines, both instructive and informative, and has always very emphatically stressed SAFETY. Besides owning and restoring several traction engines he built two beautiful models. A 1/3 scale model of a 25 HP Nichols and Shepard double cylinder, and a 40% scale model of a 25 HP George White which he completed just shortly before his death. This model has an ASME Code boiler, which he built in his shop, and is the only ASME approved boiler ever built in the state.
As a young man Ole became interested in flying, and with a set of blueprints he got from Piedenpol Aircraft Company, he built his own little plane which was powered by a Henderson 4 cylinder motorcycle engine, and in this machine he taught himself to fly. As flight instructor during World War II, he trained many cadets for the Air Force. After the war he moved to New Rockford where he formed the New Rockford Flying Service. Here again he trained young men to fly. He also did charter work, and did a lot of fox and wolf hunting by airplane, and for some 20 years did crop dusting and spraying. He was also an excellent A. & E. mechanic. He retired from all flying activities some three years ago. Ole is leaving a big gap in the North Dakota steam threshers, and will be greatly missed by his friends of which he had many.
Submitted by A. L. Rennewanz, New Rockford, North Dakota.