EMERY (MIKE) HURST CORDILL passed away February 13, 1986. He was one of The Pioneer Harvest's oldest members.
Mr. Cordill was born in 1896 at Bern, Kansas, and lived in the Fort Scott area his last 50 years. During his earlier summers he did custom threshing throughout Bourbon and Crawford Counties. He later sold his equipment to Ross Digan, who continued using the machinery until the modern combines came into fashion. Cordill, however, never lost his admiration for the lumbering giants, and after they were acquired by The Pioneer Harvester, he again became their master. As a member of The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Cordill operated the tractor and thresher for several years at the annual show in October.
The big 18-36 Hart-Parr Tractor and its 28' Red River Threshing Machine are in our present collection, continuing their work in stately dignitya visual tribute to those men who loved them so long ago. Submitted by George Jackson, President, Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
WILLIS A. SALTER passed away April 5, 1986. A Hamilton County farmer, he was a resident of both Garden City and Syracuse for many years. In addition to farming, he operated Salter Implement Co. in Syracuse for several years.
He was well-known for restoration of old farm machinery and tractors and was instrumental in establishing the antique machinery show at the Hamilton County Fair. His antique steam engine tractor was one of the highlights of that show and of the fair's parade for several years.
Mr. Salter was born in Rice County Sept. 25, 1905, and moved to Finney County in 1917. He was married to Ethel Leota Solze in Dodge City June 17, 1930. Submitted by his son, Bob Salter, of Syracuse, Kansas 67878.
JAMES BERNARD FLEMING passed away on January 19, 1986 at the age of 81 years.
Mr. Fleming was a charter member of The Old Time Farm Show and was a past president of the organization. He had many gas engines and very unique items in his collection. He was a perfectionist in all that he did, and he and his wife, Mable, enjoyed showing their various collections at the show. Mr. and Mrs. Fleming held 'Open Barnyard Days' at their farm for a number of years and hundreds of people would attend this two-day event.
Mr. Fleming loved conversation and enjoyed explaining the many unique features of his antique farm machinery and household items. He was truly an asset to the show and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Submitted by Dennis Jepson, Secretary, The Olde Time Farm Show, 718 S. Evergreen Avenue, Kankakeee, IL 60901.
ALLEN W. LARSON passed away April 17, 1986 at the Westhope Home for the aged. He was 55 years old.
He was born at Bottineau September 24, 1930, and reared on the family farm in Starbuck Township, Bottineau County, until 1939, when he moved with his family to a farm in Kane Township. He attended the State School of Science at Wahpeton and became a master electrician. In 1952 he entered the U.S. Marines and served until 1954.
Following his discharge he returned to the Newburg area and was in the electrical business for nearly 30 years. He married Jeanette Zimmer, and they lived on the family farm near Newburg. He served for many years on the Kane Township board and was a member of the Lansford Threshing Association. Mr. Larson owned many old tractors and gas engines and had a museum on his farm that he was very happy to show any visitors who happened through. Submitted by Harris Saele, Munich, North Dakota 58352.
BEN GARAT passed away on March 24, 1986. He lived at Eagle Point, Oregon, and had just been elected president of Branch 9 of the EDGE&TA. What follows is a letter written by Ben Garat, which appeared in a recent issue of Cast Iron News, the club's official publication. The letter was submitted by Dan Collins, Editor of Cast Iron News:
Being born and raised in Riverside, California in 1938 on a working sheep and dry land grain ranch to Basque parents, I was always around farm machinery of yesteryear that was laid to rest many years before its time because of a lack of parts or time to repair it. As a young boy, I found it fun to play with. One day, the best I can recall, during the war years of World War II, Dad was forced to put some of the old tractors and machinery back into service. Since I always had some interest in the old stuff, Dad asked me to help him on the John Deere 'D'. After many long hours of work and swearing, we finally got it to run. Dad asked me if I would like to learn to operate it. I said sure. So at the age of seven, I cut my eye teeth on the old 'D' and spent many long hours pulling the wheat-land plows and grain drills on the thousand and forty acres dryland grain ranch that was home for many years to come.
About 1970, a group of men or boys and their toys, decided to start a club that was to be Branch 9 of the EDGE&TA of the national group at San tee Lakes in San Diego, CA. We all had a lot of fun and hard work the next seven years. Then it was decided to drop out of the national. Branch 9 was vacant the next few years until I moved to Southern Oregon in 1979.
Then one day a fellow by the name of Bill Wallner came over to see my junk and got some engine parts. I was telling him I would like to start up Branch 9 here in Southern Oregon. He said it sounded like a good idea. We were both members of Branch 15 and needed a club in this area. He agreed to contact a few fellows down his way. I agreed to do the same in my area and also call Jack Versteeg in Salem to help us form Branch 9. There were 15 men at the first charter meeting at Wade's Rentals, Sales in Grants Pass in 1983. So Branch 9 was formed. Thanks to a fine group of people, Branch 9 is alive and well with very positive goals and fun in mind.