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CHARLES OUIMET, 74, Route 1, Gilman, Town of Colburn, died November 11, 1995.

Charles was born the son of Charles and Genevieve (Thomas) Ouimet August 21, 1921, in the town of Colburn, Chippewa County. He married Madeline Barden November 12, 1957.

Charles was a US Army veteran of World War II and had worked for the Chippewa Valley Electric Cooperative in Cornell for 38 years until retiring in 1985. He was a 50 year member of the Cornell American Legion Post No. 353.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline; three sisters, Ruth Hoag, Geraldine Miner and Carol Mae (Richard) Blaske, all of Palmyra; aunts, and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Madeline S. Oimet, RR 1, Box 224, Gilman, Wisconsin 54433.

In our January issue we printed an obituary of JAMES J. JOHANNSEN in which we said in error that he was a resident of Marysville, Washington. Mr. Johannsen had lived in Huron, South Dakota, and we regret any inconvenience our error may have caused.

WILLARD W. WILKS, age 74, of Brinkley and Hunter, Arizona, died Saturday, November 11, 1995, while deer hunting.

He was born July 3, 1921, in Ulm to the late Henry and Pearl Fricker Wilks.

He moved to the Hunter area in 193 9 where he began farming with his father.

He was an original member of Producer's Rice Mill in Stuttgart. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brinkley and was a collector of antique farm equipment gas engines.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, whom he married February 14,1947, in Ulm; one son, Henry Wilks and his wife Debbie of Marianna; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Henry Wilks, Rt. 2, Box 221, Brinkley,  Arizona 72021.

CLARENCE H. OBERHELL-MANN, 89, of Warrenton, Missouri, passed away on December 19, 1995, after a short illness.

Clarence was retired after a career in fanning and in sales for the Farmers Mutual Insurance. He is survived by his wife Lillian, one daughter, Judy; two grandchildren; and one sister.

Clarence was involved in the activities of his church, his community, and with the Peace Corps Heifer Project in Equador.

He was one of the founding members of the Warren County Old Threshers Association. Clarence served in all the offices and committees for the Threshers. In 1978 he was instrumental in starting the first Warren County Old Thresher Show.

Clarence had a vision that the Threshers should have a museum to preserve our agricultural heritage. He and his family donated the land to build the museum. The Threshers had many projects to raise the fund to build a building. The building was completed in 1993 and it was called the Agricultural Heritage Museum. At this point Clarence donated his extensive collection of tractors, engines and implements to the Warren County Threshers for the museum. Due to Clarence's foresight the museum captures a portion of our history that would have been lost.

It would be hard to fill Clarence's shoes in the organization. He will be missed by everyone.

Submitted by Eugene Lapointe, secretary,  Agricultural Heritage Museum.