Alfred J. Tenholder, 76, of Butler, Mo., died Dec. 18, 2004, after a long battle with a rare form of leukemia.
He was a founding member and lifetime member of the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Assn. located in Adrian, Mo. He served as president for several years and was a board member for many more.
He loved the long, green line and even had a few "off brands." He attended shows and sales around the country and was always promoting the WMAT&MA show. He had a note card box full of names and addresses, and spent many nights calling fellow collectors, talking about antiques, shows, sales, swap meets and the latest finds. It didn't take him long to strike up a conversation with strangers. He wanted the younger generation to see how things were done in the good old days.
He leaves behind his wife, Betty, of 48 years, three sons, Jim, Darrel and Ken; and one daughter, Debbie. All are members of the Adrian club. The club members will sadly miss him, as he was always there with a helping hand.
Submitted by the Alfred Tenholder family, Butler, Mo.
We are sad to tell you of the passing, in May, of a dear friend and avid engine collector, Buzz Braude, Johnstown, Pa.
He could always be seen in front of his trailer demonstrating rope making, running an engine and making you guess how his eternal fountain worked. He would never tell you.
He was a faithful exhibitor at Portland, Ind.; Coolspring, Pa.; and Tuckahoe (Maryland).
He enjoyed going to engine auctions, hunting for engines or parts.
Family and friends will sadly miss Buzz.
Submitted by Jean Landefeld and Bill Schwartz, Johnstown, Pa.
Herbert Charles "H.C." Lankford Jr., 72, of Bessemer City, N.C., died on July 25, 2005. He spent most of his working life as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was an avid collector of "Red Tractors," both wheeled and crawlers. He always had an impressive display of McCormick-Deering tractors at his home show, Cotton Ginning Days. He was also a frequent exhibitor at shows in South Carolina and Tennessee. He also traveled to Portland, Ind., for the spring and fall shows.
He was an accomplished miller. For many years he ground cornmeal and grits for his many satisfied customers. He was a founding member of the Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile Restoration Assn., where he served as president. He was one of the most faithful members in attendance at meetings and at workdays.
H.C. was a unique individual with strong beliefs. One of the more notorious members of his hometown once said, "H.C. was the most honest man in Bessemer City."
His wife, Louise Goins Lankford, and a daughter and a son survive him, along with five grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in the tractor and engine world.
Submitted by Ray L. Medford, Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile Restoration Assn., Dallas, N.C.