CHARLES WILLHIDE, age 83, of Greenfield, Indiana passed away May 21, 1990.
Charlie was a retired farmer and an advanced collector and restorer of antiques. He was an excellent machinist, mechanic, gunsmith, and electrician, always ready to help anyone including the younger collectors just starting in. His antique collections included engines, autos, guns, radios, clocks, coins, toys, railroad items, and about anything else you could name.
He attended all the local engine shows as long as his health permitted. He was a charter member of the Pioneer Engineers Club, Mid-America Threshing Club, Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Club, and National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He was also a member of the Greenfield Friends Church, National Rifle Association, and Masonic Lodge.
He will be greatly missed by his friends, at shows, auctions, and swap meets. He always wanted Bidder No. 13 at the auctions. He said it brought him luck.
Submitted by Al New, 5427 W. 900 South, Pendleton, Indiana 46064.
THOMAS LASATER of Yuma, Colorado died March 31, 1990, at Yuma. He was very active in both the Tri-State State Antique Engine and Threshers Show at Bird City, Kansas, and the Old Threshers Show at Yuma, Colorado. Tom was born July 5, 1911, in Hardy, Nebraska.
When he was three years old the family moved to the Yuma area. As a young man he worked, for fifteen years as a mechanic for the Farmers Implement Company in Yuma. Later he became a carpenter and for many years built homes in the Northern Colorado area.
After his retirement from construction work, he restored many small gas engines and had quite a collection of engines and tractors. His pet being a little International 0-12 tractor.
Tom and his wife, Leola, were married 57 years and had one son, John, who blessed them with grandchildren. They also have several great-grandchildren. Tom will be greatly missed by all his friends at both shows, as he was always ready and able to help with any mechanical problem.
Submitted by his friends from Tri-State State Antique Engine and Threshers, Bird City, Kansas: Mrs. and Mrs. DeLoss Thompson, P.O. Box 138, 404 Demick Am., Bird City, Kansas 67731.
WALTER GASCH, Route One, Colby, Wisconsin, passed away November 9, 1989 at his home, at the age of 84.
Walter was a member of the Northcentral Steam & Gas Engine Club, in Edgar, Wisconsin. He owned and operated a 1913 Advance steam engine and threshed with it many years in the Abbotsford, Colby, and Green Grove, Wisconsin area.
In the 1960's he operated a steam engine for the Budenski Brothers annual show in West Concord, Minnesota. He also operated a steam engine for Bill and Leon Schnieder at their shows for several years in Hewitt, Wisconsin. After the North central Steam and Gas Engine Club was organized in 1973, Walter was an active member. He threshed with his steam engine at their annual shows for the past 16 years.
Walter worked for various lumber companies in northern Wisconsin in the 1920's for seven winters. He worked for construction companies in Minnesota in the 1930's, and helped build the Whitman Dam on the Mississippi River in 1934. He always had some wonderful, interesting, and sometimes funny stories to tell his kids and grandchildren about his experiences.
After returning to Colby, Wisconsin, in 1940 he was employed as a road patrol grader operator for the township of Hull until he retired in 1982.
Walter's favorite magazine was the Iron Men Album for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Mary, one son and four daughters, nine grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters.
Walter was always willing to help someone and is sadly missed by his family and many friends.
My father taught my brother, David, (who is also a co-owner of the engine) and myself how to run and take care of the engine in Walter's last years. We will continue to run and display it every year at the Edgar Show in memory of him.
Submitted by Mary Gasch and Marjory Ackerman, Rt. 1, Box 1275, Colby, Wisconsin 54421.
Farmer and active community member, ANGEREAU GRAY McCONNELL died April 27, 1990. He was a longtime reader of Iron Men Album which he read from cover to cover.
He was a steam enthusiast, having built his own steam boat which traveled up and down Herrington Lake near Danville. He took his boat to Chaplin River annually for the Civil War re-enactment of the Perryville Battle and fired his handmade brass cannon for the pleasure of the crowd.
He was one of the founders of the Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Club, former chairman of the board, and honorary board member. Also he was a member of the American Blacksmith Association of North America, and the Sternwheeler Association.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Helm McConnell, two daughters, two sisters, and four grandchildren.
Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. A.G. McConnell, 4671 Perryville Road, Danville, Kentucky 40422.