PHINEAS BLANCHFIELD, of Lake City, Iowa ,died April 21, 1987 after being ill with emphysema for over ten years. He will be missed very much by his wife of almost 56 years, and by his four sons.
Submitted by Mrs. Phineas Blanchfield, 720 N. Woodlawn, Lake City, Iowa 51449
FRANK ERNEST BRUNE died at the age of 73 on March 24, 1987. Born on a farm in Douglas County Kansas he was a farmer all of his life.
He loved the farm and the machinery and did all of his own repairing and often some for his neighbors. After retiring from active farming he kept busy restoring antique tractors. This was a hobby he loved and he had a unique collection. Failing health forced him to sell his farm and his collection of tractors and all the tools he loved to use, and he and his wife moved to an apartment in Lawrence last November.
Frank loved to work on his tractors but he always said that one of the most enjoyable facets of the hobby was the fellowship with other tractor buffs and all the good friends he made attending sales and shows.
On their 50th wedding anniversary in August, 1985 Frank and his wife drove through 8 or 9 states to take in 4 shows: The Rough and Tumble Show at Kinzers, PA, back to Portland, IN, then to Rollag, MN and on down to Dalton, MN.
Submitted by Georgiana Brune (Mrs. Frank), DD209 Bristol Terrace, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
JAMES HERBERT HOLMES passed away in May, 1987, at age 88. In a couple of months he and his wife Emma would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Herb was a long-time reader of this magazine and attended many meets and club events in this area, and was a charter member of some of the older groups. Born and raised on a farm, he and Emma farmed until Herb went to work in industry, and his interest in steam and gas engines was with him throughout his life. He was helpful to many in the hobby, and kept a keen and knowledgeable interest that benefited many, and his common sense enabled him to carry on an intelligent conversation of many current events and topics of the day. Herb had a habit, when finished with a gas engine, of disconnecting the spark plug to avoid any possibility of an untimely start. He left his worldly affairs in good order, had a fine service because of his stipulations, all his engines have the ignitions disconnected, and his final disconnect was as he would have desired.
Submitted by Dan J. Bihler, R:D. Box 134, Moundsville, West Virginia 26041
ALVIN BOUGHN, 78, of Newport, Ohio died last spring. He had farmed in Madison County many years, had worked as a mechanic on farm equipment, and was retired from Madison-Plains School where he was a maintenance man and bus driver.
He was a board member of Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, and years ago he played with the Boughn Brothers Old Time Fiddlers group, playing all over Ohio and other states.
Alvie and his brother Edgar attended many gas engine shows throughout Ohio. He was in charge of the gas engine area at the Miami Valley Steam Threshers show. He and his wife Betty restored an antique 1897 Galloway truck which was on display at the 1986 Miami Valley Steam Threshers show. This truck drew a lot of attention. It is one of 3 known to be in existence and the only one running. Alvie will be sadly missed by family, board members of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, and many many friends.
Submitted by Fred McDaniel, President, Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, P.O. Box 555, South Vienna, Ohio 45369