RALPH WOODMANSEE, 75, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away at his home on May 2, 1986.
For those who knew him he will be greatly missed. Ralph was a steam engine man from the first school. His knowledge of steam was unlimited. His ability to repair or operate an engine was second to none.
Ralph was a good friend and an active member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club from its very beginnings.
Ralph threshed and sawed lumber most of his life and did it mostly with steam. He could make a sawmill saw lumber just about as fast as a good crew could carry it away. Ralph had a great sense of humor and was not above playing a few tricks on people when he got the chance, however, he could take as good as he gave.
I and many others who knew him spent many hours listening to his stories and experiences, on how to set the valve on an engine or how to fix a seperator so it would thresh better. Also who had the best ball team as he loved to watch baseball games.
Ralph is gone, but to those who knew him he will never be forgotten.
Submitted by John Schrock, Sec. of Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club, Mason, Michigan.
RAYMOND E. (BANJO) DYE passed away May 2, 1985 in Peru, Indiana. Services were held May 4, 1985.
Ray was involved in farming and running steam engines. He also shredded corn, filled silos, threshed and ran saw mills all his life. He was head sawyer at the Pontiac, Illinois shows for several years. Ray was always interested in steam engines and saw mills.
Submitted by Herman Pickens, R.R. 7 Box 120,Logansport, Indiana 46947
ORVILLE HENDRICH passed away January 26, 1986 at Floyd County Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Indiana. He was 73. He was a retired mechanic and a member of Central Barren United Methodist Church and Blue River Masonic Lodge 457 in Fredericksburg. He was a charter member of Palmyra Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club in Boonville, Lanesville and Charlestown.
Orville will be sadly missed by his many friends.
Submitted by Ira Simler, R.R. 3, Salem, Indiana 47167.
Donald W. Bostdorf, 84, passed away on April 7, 1986 at the Community Nursing Home at Bowling Green, Ohio.
He was a farmer at Perrysburg, Ohio and in his early days helped with a steam threshing outfit.
Donald and his brother owned a saw mill at Perrysburg, Ohio. He was interested in gas and steam engines and attended the Steam Threshers Shows at Wauseon, Ohio for many years
Submitted by Harold C. Bostdorf, 109 Sugar St., Box 234, Haskins, Ohio 43525.