Luther Caldwell was born Dec. 8, 1888 and passed away Sept. 13, 1957 at the Stewart Nursing Home, Rushville, Indiana.
His final resting place is the Rest Hill Cemetery, Rushville.
Luther was born on his father's farm three miles west of Rushville. He took over his father's farm at the death of his father and this was his home his entire life.
His life was spent as a farmer and thresherman, having started threshing early in life by operating his father's threshing outfit. He bought his first outfit in 1898. His first separator was a small hand fed drag stacker and his first engine was a Frick 10 hp. traction. His nephew Leroy, is now rebuilding this engine.
Mr. Caldwell also owned a Gaar Scott Portable, built in the 1800's. This engine is now in the museum at Richmond, Indiana. This portable was shown at the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc., reunion for several years. He also operated a clover huller and corn shredder for many years.
At home Caldwell operated a large maple syrup camp and community cider mill and in the western wheat country operated a steam engine for a few years.
He was a charter member of the Brotherhood of Indiana Threshermen and a member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc.