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Pinconning, Michigan passed away after a lengthy illness on September 8, 1988.

As most GEM readers know, Wayne had submitted many articles to various magazines through the years. Because of these articles he obtained many friends throughout the country and we can think of no better way to let everyone know of his passing.

Wayne was an International Harvester dealer from 1945 through 1963 and collected many pieces of literature on all brands of equipment. He exhibited portions of his collection at various shows and sold some of the literature to interested parties. He generously offered a lot of advice, stories and information to anyone who asked. He will be missed by us all.

Submitted by Mrs. Phyllis E. Jacobs, 220 N. Water St., Pinconning, Michigan 48650.

JOSEPH M. FAHNESTOCK, 76, a good and beloved friend of thousands of steam men, tractor men, and engine men, passed away September 27, 1988. He will be sadly missed by all who were privileged to know him, and happily remembered through his writings in Iron Men Album, Gas Engine Magazine, and Engineers and Engines.

Joe and his 'Joe Dear' tractor have been a familiar sight at Darke County Steam Threshers, Miami Valley Steam Threshers, Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association of Portland, Indiana, and Poor Farmer's Campsite, Fletcher, Ohio over the years. His gift was in writing about people (Iron Man of the Month, Sparkplug of the Month, etc.), and through them Joe has preserved their machinery and experiences for all of us to enjoy.

Joe's wife, Pat, was always on the back seat of the 'Joe Dear.' I am sure she would appreciate a postcard from some of his friends, or maybe a contribution to the American Cancer Society in Joe's memory. Her address is: Mrs. Pat Fahnestock, 1819 LeFever Road, Troy, Ohio 45373.

Submitted by: Ed Hufnal, 208 Penn Road, Troy, Ohio 45373.

JIMMY SCHMAUCH of Kalispell, Montana passed away at age 70 on August 30, 1988. Jimmy was a blacksmith, and to walk into his shop would thrill anyone involved in our hobby. His restored 1912 45 HP Case traction engine and his other numerous antique gas tractors were a great source of pride to him. Jimmy was always ready with a hand, a smile, and a wink for his friends.,

I enclose these words from his memorial services. I don't know if they have ever been printed in GEM before, but they are so apropos for Jimmy and for us all:

My sledge and hammer lay reclined My bellows, too, have lost their wind My fire's extinct, my forge decayed And in the dust my vice is laid My coal is spent, my iron gone My nails are driven-my work is done.

We'll miss you, Jimmy. Submitted by Doug McDougall, 2245 Hwy 2 W., Kalispell, Montana 59901.

MARGARET (PEG) SCHERMERHORN came to us from England as a war bride and was an active. member of our club. Peg's untimely death came August 12th, 1988 after a short illness.

She was truly a lady of many talents including sewing, knitting and beautiful quilts. She was a friendly, sincere person ready to give a helping hand and is greatly missed. Her joy was the family.

Submitted by Helen R. Samson, Southern Tier Gas and Steam Engine Club, R. D. 1, Box 15, Whitney Point, New York 13862.

In memory of our dear friend, MR. VICTOR KATTINE: 'Vic', as everyone knew him, was born March 23, 1903, died June 11, 1988. Vic was a retired farmer. Also he formerly operated a farm equipment repair shop in Russellville, Ohio. He was a charter member of the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show, Inc. From the very first and up until the last few years he was active in the Machinery Show.

Vic is survived by his dear wife Lela, two nieces and a nephew, of Russellville. He will be sadly missed by his many friends of the Machinery Show.

Submitted by John Metcalfe, 5799 Richland dr., Milford, Ohio 45150.