We regret that we made an error in an obituary that appeared in
our July/August issue. Under the tribute to Bob Hughes, the closing
paragraph should have read:
‘What a Man’ Gone, But Never Forgotten!
Bob is sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and so
ALFRED ‘POPPA GUY’ RAY, 83, of Elsberry, MO passed away
May 3, 1989.
He was one of the organizers and charter members of the Lincoln
County Old Threshers Association. He was treasurer and an active
member as long as his health permitted.
He owned and operated large construction machinery had a rock
quarry for many years which his son-in-law Marlowe Broscio and Sons
Ray was a thresher and sawmill operator and used his Port Huron
engine to run his mill at the show. He is survived by his daughter
Shirley and her husband, seven grandchildren, twelve great
grandchildren, sisters and brothers.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Edgar Lanuermeier, Rt 1 Box 74, Elsberry, MO
OTTO H. STEFFEN, better known as Happy, passed away January 17,
1989, at Northridge Retirement Center in Ortonville, MN. Steffen
began his threshing career in Big Stone County, MN around 1915 as
an engineer and repairman of steam traction engines. For many years
it was he who cooked the sweet corn at the annual Sweet Corn
Festival at Ortonville, Minnesota. Because of his love for steam,
he remained active in various threshing reunions throughout
Minnesota until 1980.
Submitted by Earl Steffen, 4050 NE Maywood Place, Portland,
Mr. Charles Spicer, 84, of London Road, Sarnia, Ontario died
February 3, 1989. Born in Grey County, Ontario, Mr. Spicer was
chief engineer of the steam power plant at Polymer Corporation for
25 years. He belonged to the Blue water Model Engineers Society of
Sarnia, Ontario and was the last remaining founder of the Western
Ontario Steam Threshers Association.
He was also a commissioner of the Sarnia Hydro Board from
1956-68, and owned three steam engines2 Sawyer Masseys and a
Waterloo. After retirement, he moved to Florida and built a half
scale Sawyer Massey and a half scale Case at Oneca, in
Blackrick’s Machine Shop. Steam was his first love. He is
survived by his wife Maxine.
Submitted by Wm Jackson, RR 1, Wyoming, Ontario, Canada NON