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of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died February 21, 2001.

Dan was a founder of New Mexico Vintage Iron, and a member of several other old iron clubs. He was a licensed steam engine operator and was very proud of it. It is hard to imagine anyone more knowledgeable about old engines. He cared very much and tried to help those who would listen to his advice.

Dan always participated to the max at our own show, the Southern New Mexico State Fair, as well as several Arizona shows and some in other parts of the country. He particularly enjoyed demonstrating old tools and equipment found on farms and ranches to youngsters.

Many a youngster (and oldster) knows how we get water from the ground because of Dan. He made many miles of rope, six feet at a time, for all those who wanted to have one.

Submitted by Floyde Adams, E-mail: jadams@adamsacc. com

C. DANIEL BRUBAKER, 74, of 317 Greenview Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died March 15 after a six-month battle with cancer.

Brubaker worked a number of years as a carpenter, and then as a product test technician in forage equipment for the former Sperry New Holland. He was shop foreman at Kinzer Equipment for several years and then held a similar position at Stauffer Machine Shop, where he built six weight-transfer machines for East Coast tractor pullers.

Brubaker then was also self-employed for 10 years as a machine shop operator.

Brubaker helped to start tractor pulling on the East Coast, and in 1976 took a weight-transfer sled to Holland for the first pull in that country during a World Plowing Contest.

He served on the board of Southeastern Tractor Pullers Association and in the early years built a small weight-transfer machine for garden tractors.

Brubaker joined Rough & Tumble Engineers in 1962, was elected to its board of directors in 1966, and served as president from 1967 to 1976. In that capacity, he was instrumental in purchasing land for expansion and promoting building projects. He was a lifetime member of the Rough & Tumble Engineers & Historical Society, and was an avid engine collector.

The son of the late Abram H. and Kathryn Good Brubaker, he was married 24 years on May 16 to Ethel M. Shearon Brubaker.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Joan Dicola; two sons, Ronald D. and Gerald L.; a stepdaughter, Jo Ann Gillis; two stepsons, James Abram and Thomas Abram; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Lawrence.