| September/October 1991

Our family became acquainted with BILL WARD of Wichita, Kansas in 1984. Bill loved steam engines, and his dream was to own and operate one. Since a full sized one was out of the question, Bill began working on a scale model, which he proudly displayed at our annual steam show, as well as taking it elsewhere for everyone's enjoyment. Bill was usually the first to fire up in the morning and the last to shut down.

In May of 1990 Bill became ill and had to curtail his activities. He took treatments for several months and seemed to rally round. He felt so much better, that he came out for days before the show and assisted with whatever he could. During the show he entered every race, shelled corn, plus whatever else he could think of to do with his model. After the show he returned to assist with clean-up. It seemed he did not want to leave any unfinished business.

In December 1990, Bill's earthly business was finished. I guess the Lord needed another assistant engineer up in Heaven.

Bill's smiling face will be missed by all those who knew him. Thanks, Bill, for all the memories.

Submitted by Tom, Lois, and Aaron Terning, R.R. #3, Box 184, Valley Center, KS 67147.

JOE R. POINDEXTER of Montgomery City, Missouri, passed away suddenly at his home, May 27, 1991. Joe was very active in the steam world. One of the original founders, past president and charter member of Montgomery County Old Threshers Show, he devoted much time and work and was very fond of Baker engines. He had two Bakers and built a very fine model. He was a man of great knowledge and talent, and could repair anything that went wrong with a steam engine or thresher or saw mill.


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